CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 17, 1977
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(Studio) television coverage of House and Senator is expected to come soon and only about 20 parliaments around world allow occasional television coverage of debate. Today, Canada becomes 1st nation to allow regular television coverage of parliamentary debate.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Ottawa, Canada) Report on 1st day of Canada's television coverage of parliament. [Opposition LDR. - asks Prime Min. Trudeau about termination of controls.] [TRUDEAU - notes government doesn't think inflation will continue to come down if controls lifted.] television didn't come to parliament without fight; speaker of house James Jerome is supporter. [JEROME - notes parliament is doing Congressional Record in video and audio, instead of print.] [Parliament MBR. - says they're here to debate and legislature, not to entertain. Says television is intrusion that will change nature of proceedings.] first day of coverage is smooth. [Former Prime Minister John DIEFENBAKER - says experience indicates improvement in House, since body has come to conclude that it's being listened to.]
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin