Efforts are underway to welcome a new era of transparency in the Senate with the video broadcasting of debates, as reported on by the Ottawa Citizen’s Jordan Press. The Senate is the only upper chamber in the Western world that does not broadcast its proceedings to the public, which is why I included this reform in the 7-point plan to improve the Senate that I released last year.
It is my hope that the Senate approves this measure as soon as possible, and that, through a portal on the Canadian Public Affairs Channel website, the Senate’s website and television feeds, we can make our debates accessible to every Canadian.
As reported in the article, there is a certain cost associated with purchasing cameras and paying technicians to record the video. We are currently working to identify the best option to ensure accessible, high-quality video. I view this project as an investment in Canada’s democracy and in the transparency and accountability of Parliament.
I will continue to provide updates on this initiative, and I would encourage Albertans and Canadians to complete my survey and let me know how you would watch the Senate’s debates if they were made available to the public (for example, would you watch on TV or your computer?).