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Canadian Government Resources: Reference Sources

Handbooks, Dictionaries, and Directories

McMenemy, John. The Language of Canadian Politics; a guide to important terms and concepts.  4th ed.  Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006. 
Perkins Reference: JA61 .M27 2006

Guide to Canadian Ministries since Confederation, July 1, 1867 to February 1, 1982. Ottawa: Public Archives of Canada, 1982. 
Perkins Reference: JL97 .G84 1982

Provides a chronological list of Canadian federal ministries, including ministers of each department and their terms of service.

Henderson, George F. Federal Royal Commissions in Canada, 1867-1966; a checklist. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1967.
Perkins Reference: Z1373 .H4 1967

Campbell, Colin. Canadian Political Facts, 1945-1976. Toronto: Methuen, 1977. 
Perkins Reference: JL65 1977 .C35 1977

Useful handbook full of information on the executive, parliamentary, and judiciary branches of government, elections, political parties, and pressure groups. There are helpful statistical tables throughout.

Organization of the Government of Canada
Perkins/Bostock Stacks: JL71 .O743 (Library has 1958, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1975, 1980, 1990.)
There are three sections of this official guide, one each for the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Information given includes responsibility of a department or branch, a brief history and its major personnel. 

Guide to Federal Programs and Services
Perkins/Bostock Stacks: JL71 .C375  
Addresses and mandates for all federal offices are listed here as well as the regional offices of major federal departments. 

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