A New Service from SOURCES: Parliamentary
Names & Numbers
Letter from the Publisher: Barrie Zwicker
Why Parliamentary Names & Numbers?
Because many of you asked for it. And because it is in line with
our unchanging goal at SOURCES: to provide more, better and
more diverse contacts for journalists.
To function effectively, Canada's democracy requires that Parliamentarians
be available and accountable to the public, directly and through
the media. Parliamentary Names & Numbers is a unique
practical aid for the media.
This section can help you reach the right Parliamentarian
for your story, be that a cabinet minister, an executive assistant,
an Opposition or third party critic, a committee chairperson or
a press aide. This section can help you reach that person fast.
It is the handiest such reference. It's the only one updated
every six months. And it's the only one cross-referenced by subject.
Thanks to the Sponsors
To Canada Safeway Limited and Thome Stevenson & Kellogg we extend
deep gratitude. They have joined SOURCES in pioneering the
sponsored presentation of this wealth of Parliamentary information
Their financial involvement has made the launch of the section possible.
Further sponsorship is required to make Parliamentary Names &
Numbers a permanent feature. Interested organizations should
call Mary Walsh at (416) 633-1773.
How to Use Parliamentary Names & Numbers
You can find Parliamentary sources three ways:
- By Parliamentarian, alphabetically, if you know his or
her name. See Members of Parliament Alphabetical List, page 236.
By subject, alphabetically. See the Parliamentary
Subject Guide, page 235.
By riding, alphabetically within each province. Provinces
are listed West to East. See pages 221-234.
The master list of ridings is the main data base of Parliamentary
Names & Numbers.
Each riding is assigned a number (starting with Burnaby riding in
British Columbia, number 1, and ending with St. John's West in Newfoundland,
number 282), for ease of reference.
You are working on a story about some aspect of world hunger. Besides
the six organizations listed under "Hunger" in the main
SOURCES Subject Guide, a check of the Parliamentary
Subject Guide turns up Agriculture, External Affairs, External
Relations, Fisheries, Foreign Aid, Oceans (a straight cross-index
with Fisheries) and Wheat Board as possible leads.
(Under Foreign Aid alone you will be guided to ridings 14, 52 and
220. These will turn up the responsible minister, Hon. Joe Clark,
two phone numbers for him and the names of his Parliamentary Secretary
and three assistants. You will find the Opposition Critic, Jean
Chretien, three phone numbers and the names of two assistants. You
will find NDP critic Pauline Jewett and three phone numbers.)
Under Other Important Numbers (page 235)
you'll find caucus chairpersons, House leaders, party national offices.
Whips, the Speaker's Office and the office of the Sergeant-at-Arms.
Under Some MP Haunts (page 237)
you'll find some further numbers to try especially in the
evening hours when you're desperate.
It was not possible to obtain most of the names of Parliamentary
committee members at the time this section was being put together.
These and other information gaps will be filled in the next (Winter
85/ 86) edition of SOURCES.
Your drawing our attention to other omissions and to incorrect information
will be much appreciated.
Your Suggestions Are Needed
How valuable is Parliamentary Names & Numbers to you,
the working journalist? In what ways, specifically? We need your
suggestions for improvement and possible expansion. Should we attempt
to add key civil servants? Provincial cabinet ministers? Ottawa
lobby groups? How can organization of the material be improved?
Let us know.
A postage-prepaid Feedback Questionnaire, very simple and
easy to fill out, was printed on the sleeve which wrapped this directory.
If that is gone, a duplicate can be found inside the front cover.
We also need your help another way. It too is simple and costs you
nothing. It's about contacts you found through SOURCES. Please
tell them you found them here. This kind of identifiable feedback
improves the re-listing rate, building more comprehensiveness for
you and strength for further growth of this directory (which also
helps you). Everyone wins. But only you can, first, make more use
of SOURCES and then let contacts know SOURCES helped
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