Security measures at Saskatchewan Legislature may change

The sergeant-at-arms at the Saskatchewan Legislature says his counterparts from across Canada will meet to discuss security.
The Saskatchewan Legislature, as seen with its renovation project, transformed for a Christmas display. (Kevin O'Connor/CBC)

The sergeant-at-arms at the Saskatchewan Legislature says his counterparts from across Canada will meet to discuss
security.

Patrick Shaw says they are to gather in Quebec City next week, along with clerks and Speakers, to look at standardizing security at legislatures across the country.

Protocols currently vary, with some legislatures having metal detectors, while others do not.

Shaw says he has been asking for some time to have metal detectors at the Saskatchewan Legislature.

"I've been asking for them for years and it's to secure everyone in the building," Shaw said.

Ontario and Alberta already use metal detectors.

Shaw said cameras and video surveillance are already getting an upgrade.

He would also like to have just one point of entry for the public.

He says there needs to be a balance between controlled access and still allowing people into the building.

Legislatures across Canada beefed up security after a soldier was killed at the National War Memorial in Ottawa before the gunman stormed Parliament Hill one year ago.

With files from The Canadian Press

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