Chris Rands

Parliamentary bureau

Chris Rands has been a member of the CBC's Parliamentary Bureau since 2001. As a producer, he has travelled with two prime ministers to six countries. His most famous interview — with Jody Wilson-Raybould — was conducted while walking backwards down Parliament Hill. He also discovered NATO leaders discussing U.S. President Donald Trump on tape during a reception at Buckingham Palace. Chris is a former president of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

Latest from Chris Rands

Senate caucus leader admits he travelled to Hawaii for holiday

The Leader of the Canadian Senators Group, Sen. Scott Tannas, said he travelled to Hawaii during the holidays, but the group's deputy leader has so far refused to say whether she travelled abroad at a time when the government is strongly recommending against leaving the country due to the risks of COVID-19 transmission.

Ontario Senator Vern White confirms he travelled overseas last month

Another Canadian politician — Ontario Sen. Vern White — says he travelled abroad last month as governments and public health officials were urging Canadians to shun unnecessary foreign travel.

Federal government lifts the veil on House of Commons renovations

On Wednesday, Public Services and Procurement Canada, the government department leading the House of Commons renovations, invited a handful of journalists inside to document the state of the work.

How federal parties might prepare for a no-contact pandemic election

The pandemic has upended every aspect of life in Canada — including election campaigns. With a minority government in Ottawa, Canadians could find themselves in a federal election at any moment. That election, when it comes, will be unlike any other they've experienced.

Commons board recommending $733M plan to build Parliament Hill visitors centre

MPs on the House of Commons' Board of Internal Economy are leaning toward a $733 million renovation plan for Parliament Hill's planned visitors centre. But its $75M reno plan for the Commons doesn't take into account physical distancing.

Parliament Hill reno protected by 'robust' fire-prevention measures after Notre Dame blaze, committee told

The team behind the renovation of Parliament Hill's Centre Block is taking steps to make sure the work isn't interrupted by the kind of catastrophic fire that gutted Notre Dame cathedral last year.

Senate still doesn't know how much Centre Block reno will cost

The Senate's powerful internal economy committee met today to consider the Red Chamber's share of Centre Block's renovation — but for the second time in two months, the officials briefing them could not cite a cost for the project.

Parliament Hill is getting the reno of the century — and some MPs say they're being kept in the dark

MPs are being asked to make some important choices about the decade-long renovation of the Centre Block of Parliament Hill — choices that could have a significant impact on how Canadians experience the nation's capital. But experts with knowledge of the project say MPs are not getting all the information they need to make those decisions.

MPs begin two days of secret ballot voting in NDP bid to revive derelict vessel bill

History is being made Tuesday in the House of Commons as MPs begin two days of voting by secret ballot to decide whether or not to revive an NDP MP's bill on how to address boat and ship owners who abandon their vessels in Canadian waterways.