By default, search results are displayed in reverse chronological order (most recent speeches first).
@fieldname (search words)
The following fields are available in the Hansard Search Database
Note:The first time a member speaks on a topic both the member's first name and his or her riding is mentioned, (e.g. Mr. John Smith (Algoma) ), thereafter the honorific and surname alone are used (e.g. Mr. Smith).
The first time cabinet ministers speak on a topic, the minister's first name and ministry are mentioned, but not their riding (e.g. Hon. John Smith (Minister of Housing) ), thereafter, the honorifics and surname alone are used (e.g. Hon. Mr. Smith ).
Please also note that where two members have the same surname, they are referred to by their first names as well as the honorific (e.g. Ms. Jane Doe and Ms. Alice Doe )
In order to be sure you are searching for all occurrences of a speaker, use the surname alone, without the honorifics.
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When constructing a boolean search, use brackets to ensure the appropriate logic is being used.
E.g. (@CONTENTS (ENVIRONMENT OR WATER)) AND (@SPEAKER (SMITH OR DOE))
to find speeches by either Smith or Doe containing either of the words environment or water
The following table describes the Boolean operators used in the Hansard Database:
environ* will retrieve debates containing environment, environmentally, environics etc.
An additional truncation feature (**) allows searching for different forms of a word
e.g. save** will retrieve debates containing save, saved as well as saving, savings
e.g. (((@TOPIC education or school*) and (@SPEAKER SMITH or JONES)) AND @HANSARDDATE (>= 19960123)) and not @BUSTYPE (motions)
Will find speeches by either Smith or Jones under Hansard topics containing either the words education or variations of the word school (e.g. school, schools, schooling) from hansard on or after January 23, 1996 and that did not occur in the Motions section of the day's Order of Business.
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