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‘It’s good for the political soul’: historic ‘Kitchen Accord’ room to be turned into Senate prayer, meditation space

By Laura Ryckewaert      

The fourth-floor room’s old kitchenette was demolished during renovations to the Senate of Canada Building and has sat empty since Senators moved in at the beginning of 2019.

The Senate of Canada Building at 2 Rideau St., pictured Dec. 10, 2020. Neither Public Services and Procurement Canada or the Senate administration was able to provide a recent picture of the building's fourth-floor Kitchen Accord room. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

A room whose history is tied up in the historic 1981 debate over the patriation of the Canadian Constitution will soon be converted into a prayer and meditation space for Senators and staff, ending a lengthy process to find a space for that purpose near the interim Red Chamber in the newly renovated Senate of Canada Building. 

Laura Ryckewaert

Laura Ryckewaert is a deputy editor at The Hill Times.
- lryckewaert@hilltimes.com


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