1977-2017: Four Decades of Cameras in the House of Commons

1977-2017: Four Decades of Cameras in the House of Commons

UPDATED October 17, 2017 3:30pmET

Today marks the 40th anniversary of television cameras turning on inside the House of Commons chamber.

Question period began with Opposition Leader Joe Clark and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau discussing unemployment and the economy:

Although special events such as throne speeches and speeches by foreign leaders had been televised in the past, Canada became the first country with a live broadcast of parliamentary proceedings.

Microphones to improve sound quality had been installed at each MP’s desk in 1952. But it wasn’t until the summer of 1977, after a decade of discussion and committee reports and committee reports, that the Commons chamber was renovated to install cameras, lighting, and equipment.

CPAC began broadcasting the House of Commons after its 1992 creation. Commons Speaker Geoff Regan marked both that 25-year partnership and the 1977 anniversary after today’s question period:

Watch the full day of debate on Oct. 17, 1977:

-Andrew Thomson