Online Tour of Parliament Your online tour of Parliament will take you through Centre Block, which is the heart of Canada's Parliament buildings. Originally built between 1859 and 1866 (excluding the tower and the library), Centre Block was destroyed by fire on February 3, 1916. Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication Canada. Parliament. House of Commons Guide to the Canadian House of Commons 3rd ed. Text in English and French on inverted pages. Title on added t.p.: Guide de la Chambre des communes du Canada. Cover title. Available also on the Internet. ISBN 0-662-68678-0 Cat. no. X9-26/2005 1. Canada ... When Canadians vote in a general election, they do not vote for a Prime Minister, nor do they vote for a government. Instead, Canadians vote for a member of parliament (“MP”) to represent their riding in Ottawa. Each MP gets a “seat” in the House of Commons. In all, 308 MPs are chosen. ADVERTISEMENTS: The lower House of the Parliament is known as the House of the People, or the Lok Sabha in our language. It is a popular chamber and corresponds in many respects to the British and Canadian House of Commons. Canadian government is run using a British-style parliamentary system. The Parliament of Canada is separated into two chambers: an elected House of Commons and an appointed Senate. The political party that elects the most members to the House of Commons forms the government of Canada.