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

The pandemic has changed the soundtrack of this election campaign

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of campaigning in this federal election, including reducing most campaign songs to a simple instrumental.

Masks, LTC homes will change 2021 federal election campaigns, doctor says

The 2021 federal election campaign will begin soon and candidates, along with campaigners, should mask while canvassing and adjust their plans for high-risk institutions, according to the head of an Ontario public health unit.

Public servants to begin returning to Portage III towers next week

After a year and a half of working remotely, 225 employees from Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) will be returning next week to the Place du Portage III office complex in Gatineau, Que.

Anand says Senate's plans for Centre Block renovations are too costly

Public Services Minister Anita Anand is pushing back on the Senate's plans for the renovation of Centre Block.

Liberal MP apologizes after appearing naked on House of Commons video feed

A Quebec Liberal MP is apologizing after he was seen naked on a video screen while MPs participated in a hybrid parliamentary session.

Lights still on in federal buildings in National Capital Region even as civil servants work from home

The lights remain on at some federal government buildings in Canada’s capital region, even though most civil servants have been working at home for nearly a year to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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.

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