The Library of Parliament’s reference and research specialists use the best printed and electronic resources from around the world to identify and deliver information and analysis tailored to your needs.
Whether you are looking for statistics for a debate in the House or Senate, or a more detailed analysis for a committee study, Library staff deliver information, research and analysis at the right time and in the format you want. No request is too simple or too complex.
Online, by phone, or in person, the Library is a parliamentarian’s best source for information and customized research in either official language.
For a thorough understanding of public policy issues, parliamentarians often need to dig deep for the facts, seek out trusted sources, and look for research and analysis that informs and educates. Current and Emerging Issues for the 41st Parliament shows how the Library can help meet that need.
This publication illustrates the type of concise, non-partisan analysis our research staff can offer. The articles it contains are a small sample of the more in-depth information and research products and services that our information and research professionals provide regularly to parliamentary clients.
At the Library, more than one hundred subject-matter specialists − economists, lawyers, librarians, scientists, and political and social policy experts – are available to synthesize complex information and research from credible sources and to deliver high-quality, confidential analysis and information on any issue.
... in your role as legislator
A parliamentarian’s role in proposing and shaping legislation is fundamental, but keeping track of the progress of numerous public and private members’ bills can be daunting. You can stay current and learn more about the purpose and status of legislation on the agenda in either chamber by using legislative tools like LEGISinfo – a database that includes the text and status of bills and their associated debates, news releases, background papers, articles and online links.
Legal experts at the Library produce summaries of draft legislation before Parliament, explaining the legislation’s purpose and history, analyzing key clauses and referencing media reactions and comments from major interest groups. Library research staff can also help you to develop drafting instructions for a private member’s bill.
... in your role on committees and in associations
Senators and Members of Parliament are called upon to scrutinize and approve the expenditure of public funds, to hold government to account and to analyze major issues. The study of proposed legislation, the oversight of government spending and the analysis of public policy challenges are all tasks undertaken through parliamentary committees.
Library analysts are assigned to every parliamentary committee and assist all committee members with their work. Guided by the priorities of the committee, analysts deliver briefings, suggest possible topics for study or propose potential witnesses, and draft reports that synthesize committee deliberations and recommendations.
Committees may also ask the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) for analyses concerning the state of the nation’s finances, the government’s estimates or trends in the Canadian economy. Upon request from a committee or an individual parliamentarian, the PBO may estimate the financial cost of any proposal for matters over which Parliament has jurisdiction.
And when parliamentarians’ work transcends domestic borders, Library analysts act as advisors − providing research and analysis services on a wide range of issues discussed in international forums, through parliamentary associations, interparliamentary groups and delegations.
... in your role as representative
Library employees are ready to support you with confidential, factual and nonpartisan information and analysis. Every Senator and MP can request information or analysis on matters of interest to him or her. The Library’s multidisciplinary teams of highly trained professionals are at your service to answer queries on the full spectrum of issues that may cross your desk.
Current and Emerging Issues for the 41st Parliament is the latest product in our publications program and is timed to coincide with the new parliament. Each of its 27 articles provides an overview on a topic of either immediate or ongoing interest.
Our many other publications range from short overviews of current issues to more substantive background papers that provide insight on key policy topics. They all contain non-partisan, reliable and timely information on subjects relevant to parliamentary and constituency work.
There are no wrong doors. The Library offers multiple service points and promotes a culture of responsive and anticipatory research and reference support. Online, by phone, or in person, the Library is a parliamentarian’s best resource for information and customized research in either official language.
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