FAQ | Why is the Senate called the Red Chamber?

28 February 2008

In the Senate Chamber, at the east end of the Centre Block, Senators review bills passed in the House of Commons and introduce their own legislation. Red carpeting and upholstery and a ceiling of gold leaf create an air of regal splendour in the Senate. Two bronze chandeliers weighing approximately two tonnes each are suspended from the ceiling. The Chamber’s upper walls are lined with murals depicting stirring scenes from the First World War and, below them, a frieze showing Canada’s flora and fauna is carved in the panelling of Canadian white oak.