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

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.

RCAF wants Ottawa to buy two used jets for the VIP fleet

The Royal Canadian Air Force is recommending that the government buy used aircraft to replace two of the planes in its aging VIP fleet, CBC News has learned.

The daycare caucus: How the Commons is coping with a baby boom

The House of Commons has been turning an official blind eye to a group that its rules regard as strangers — the newborn children of MPs.

NDP MP loses rare secret-ballot vote to keep her private member's bill alive

An NDP MP lost her historic bid to have sitting Members of Parliament to overturn a committee decision that is stalling her bill on derelict vessels.

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.

How Parliament Hill works

The cabinet room, caucus and the steps to power: the CBC"s Chris Rands goes behind the scenes of politics in Canada.

Senate's secretive committee overseeing expenses to be televised for 1st time

The Senate's secretive committee responsible for managing the Red Chamber’s financial and administrative affairs, including senators' expenses, is about to start televising its meetings for the first time.

'Do you think Kellie Leitch should have her own party?' Trudeau asks voter upset over electoral reform

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says while in Iqaluit that one of the reasons he killed his election reform promise was to prevent politicians with extreme views from gaining a foothold in Parliament.

Senate tightens rules on how senators use the Red Chamber

The Senate is tightening the rules on how Senators use the Red Chamber for personal videos and photography, after a Conservative senator posted a partisan video filmed in the chamber before Christmas.

Conservative senator accuses Trudeau of trying to 'destroy' opposition in the Senate

Conservative Senator Denise Batters is accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of trying to eliminate opposition in the Senate, in a video posted to YouTube Tuesday.

Royal Canadian Navy fires 1st sea-to-shore precision Harpoon missile

For the first time in its history the Royal Canadian Navy has successfully fired a ship based precision missile at a target on land. The Harpoon Block 11 missile is an improved version of the anti-ship missile carried by Canadian frigates for decades.

Coast guard tests out drone on George R Pearkes, near Fogo Island

The Canadian Coast Guard is testing out a drone aboard the George R Pearkes, operating off the coast of Fogo Island.