Parliamentary Resources

I’ve added a new page to the blog on Parliamentary Resources. You can access it via the navigation menu above the header. The purpose of this page is to collate into one place a listing of resources dealing with parliaments, parliamentary procedure, and related matters. This is a work in progress; I will be adding to the list on a regular basis, so please check back regularly for updates. If you know of any sites or guides or other resources that I have not yet added to the list and that you think should be included, please bring them to my attention via the contact form.   Related Posts:On Speeches from the Throne and ProrogationSittings, sessions and parliamentsKeyword Post: Answers […]

But let’s face it – reading through pages of House of Commons (or other assembly) debates online (or from a printed out PDF) is pretty dry stuff. Consequently, it isn’t surprising that many parliaments have been trying to make their online Debates pages more interesting and informative for the reader.

Innovations in Parliamentary Websites

As someone who regularly visits parliamentary websites — and by regularly, I mean several times a day, even on weekends — I can’t even begin to explain how deeply grateful I am for well-organized sites that allow to me easily navigate the site and quickly find whatever It is that I’m looking for. While many parliaments have put (and continue to put) a lot of effort into modernizing their web presence and trying to find the best ways to present the Parliament’s business, the truth of the matter is that a lot of parliamentary business tends to be rather static and dry. Much of the business of a legislature is debate, and yes, while it is great to be able […]

Follow this blog

Apologies to those of you who are already following this blog, but I wanted to take this opportunity to point out that readers can now subscribe to the blog and receive notice of all new posts directly via email. The notices include a brief excerpt and a link to the full post. If you are interested, click on the FOLLOW link in the left sidebar menu and complete the form on the FOLLOW page. Your email address will never be used by me or shared with anyone or any organization – the information is stored internally in the blog’s database. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me via this blog’s contact form. Related Posts:No Related […]

Worth following on Twitter

Twitter has “Follow Fridays” (#FF) where users can recommend to their followers other Twitter accounts worth following. I’ve decided to start promoting certain Twitter accounts here, since not everyone follows this blog on Twitter, and I can better explain why I think some people are worth following. Many people dismiss Twitter because of the 140 character limit; this makes it impossible to actually discuss or debate anything of substance. It is a challenge, but I have been surprised by how many fairly detailed discussions of complex subjects such as the royal prerogative and Canada’s succession laws actually occur – if you follow the right people. This brings me to my first round of Twitter follow recommendations. Canadian Constitutional/procedural expertise Philipe […]

PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive

Last month, this blog was contacted by PANDORA, a Web Archive established by the National Library of Australia. They were seeking permission to include On Procedure and Politics in their digital archive. This is a great honour and I will endeavour to write more about Australia in the future. You can read more about the PANDORA archive on their website. Related Posts:No Related Posts

Now on Facebook

This blog now has a Facebook page. Not much content at the moment, but I will be linking to the blog posts, and maybe crossposting some of the links I post on Twitter. Stay tuned! And go ahead and like the page! Related Posts:No Related Posts