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Introduction

This course looks at what it means to be an informed, participating citizen in a democratic society. Here, you will learn how to think critically about public issues and react responsibly to them.


Here are a few of our newest books

The Language of Canadian PoliticsWho we are: a citizen's manifesoThe road to ConfederationAmerica, but better

Browse our newest books on these topics!


Search within these ebooks from our collection to find short articles about your topic.


Canadian Parliamentary Research Publications
Canadian Parliamentary Research Publications

Read about hot topics in the Canadian legislature! These research papers are written to help our government make better decisions. Click on Current Publications for the most recent content.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography
Dictionary of Canadian Biography

Discover the people important to Canada whose death occurred between 1000 and 1930.

Government of Canada Publications
Government of Canada Publications

Print and online publications from all departments of the Canadian government.


Legal Dictionaries

Canadian Legal Dictionary
A collaborative dictionary comprised, initially, of terms defined in glossaries of Canadian law books published by Irwin Law.

Canadian Federal Law & Legislation

How Canadians Govern Themselves
The parliamentary system in Canada is explained in detail.

Parliament of Canada: Making Canada's Laws
A Government of Canada web site that gives step-by-step information on how bills are passed in Canada.

Canadian Legislation Table
Links to authoritative Canadian and provincial sources of laws and legislation. Maintained by the Lederman Law Library at Queen's University.

Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII
Excellent source of case law. CanLII gathers legislative and judicial texts, as well as legal commentaries, from federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions on a single Web site. Case law is accessible by case name.

Ontario Law & Legislation

E-Laws: Ontario Legislation Online
Access to current Ontario statutes and regulations.

Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)
Excellent source of case law. CanLII gathers legislative and judicial texts as well as legal commentaries from federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions on a single website. Find case law by case name.

Ontario Gazette
Official newspaper of the Government of Ontario. Published weekly, the Gazette gives access to notices and regulations of the Ontario government. The Gazette from January 2000 to the present is available on this site.