Keeping tabs on Canada's Parliament
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A site that scrapes and republishes information on Canada's House of Commons.


Code is released under the AGPLv3 (see below). However, any site you create using this code cannot use the name or logo, except as acknowledgement.

Copyright (C) 2017 Michael Mulley (

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.


This guide briefly covers a local development install. These instructions aren't suitable for a live, online instance.

You need Python 2.6 or 2.7. If you want search to work, you'll need Solr 3.5+.

Environment setup

You should have virtualenv and pip installed. Create a new virtualenv, and install dependencies:

pip install -r requirements.txt


The site's pretty useless without some data. Download a dump of the openparliament data from


Copy to Customize it as necessary (though it should work out of the box).

Run python migrate to ensure the database schema is up-to-date.

Start the development server

python runserver

If things went well, you should now be able to access your own instance of openparliament at

The site is built around scrapers, and various jobs are available to scrape data. See for a list of jobs; invoke them via, for example, job twitter. (Please be polite and don't scrape sites, especially sites, unnecessarily.)