Project Profile:

Linked Parliamentary Data Project (LiPaD)

Archived Project


Description: The first machine-readable and fully searchable historical transcript of Parliamentary Debates (“Hansard”), which provides a 150-year running record of Canadian political history. We have linked these data to various biographical properties of parliamentarians, including their party and gender. 


  • Kaspar Beelen, Senior Research Associate, Turing Institute
  • Christopher Cochrane, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, UTSC
  • Graeme Hirst, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto
  • Nona Naderi, Postdoctoral Researcher, HES-SO and Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
  • Ludovic Rheault, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
  • Tanya Whyte, PhD student, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

Funders: SSHRC, NSERC, Digging into Data Initiative, Library of Parliament, Library and Archives Canada,, and Michael Mulley at

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