Senate to be broadcast on live TV

Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella speaks during a news conference in the Senate chamber on Parliament...

Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella speaks during a news conference in the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 2, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 5:12 PM ET

OTTAWA — Get ready to set your PVRs. The Senate is lifting its blackout and will begin televising its proceedings in the spring.

Speaker Noel Kinsella said turning on the cameras after a lifetime of darkness will give Canadians a chance to watch the good deeds performed by his peers.

The House of Commons began broadcasting in 1977.

After the annus horribilis that befell the red chamber and the growing public perception the Senate has become an over-priced and unneeded home for misfits, Kinsella said Friday he was optimistic 2014 would be a turning point.


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