Parliamentary Democracy

Our ongoing educational initiatives seek to build an awareness and understanding of Canada’s parliamentary democracy.

Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy

The Churchill Society is a proud partner of the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy. The Churchill Society sponsors two annual bursaries worth $500 for Canadian educators to attend the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy. The Teachers Institute, launched in 1996, is offered under the auspices of the Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons and organized by the Library of Parliament. It is a unique professional development opportunity for teachers of governance and citizenship education. Each November, the program brings together approximately 70 educators from across the country for an intensive, informative, unforgettable week on Parliament Hill.

Ontario Legislature Internship Programme

The Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP) brings eight recent graduates to Queen’s Park every year to work with backbench members of the Legislature. The non-partisan programme was established in 1975 by the Canadian Political Science Association and The Legislative Assembly of Ontario The Churchill Society invites the interns to our events.

Inside Canada’s Parliament

Inside Canada’s Parliament:
An Introduction to How the Canadian Parliament Works was commissioned by the Senate, the House of Commons and the Library of Parliament to provide those interested in Parliament — including members of the public, teachers, business people and parliamentarians from both here and abroad — with an introduction to the Canadian system. The information in this guide is intended to provide key facts about Parliament and, at the same time, capture its spirit and give readers some insight into how the work of Parliament actually gets done, and by whom.

Guide to the Canadian House of Commons

The idea behind this guide is to answer some of those questions. It explains how the House of Commons fits into Canada’s parliamentary system of government. It also describes the work done in the Commons and gives a look at the day-to-day life of a Member of Parliament.