How Parliament Hill works
Cabinet, caucus and the steps to power: Behind the scenes of politics in Canada
Canada has a long parliamentary tradition, but how it actually functions is not well known.
This series of videos by the CBC's Chris Rands takes Canadians to places they may not see on the public tour of Parliament Hill.
Measuring success in question period
MPs fill the House of Commons every day for question period. 40 or so questions are asked as the opposition calls for accountability from the government. Few of the exchanges are used as reporters look for the best quotes and sound-bites for their stories. With so many questions asked, which do MPs themselves consider a success? The CBC spoke to three opposition MPs for their take on success.
The Prime Minister's Office
The Prime Minister's Office sits across from Parliament Hill and it is where many of the decisions that affect Canadians are made. This video takes a look at how senior bureaucrats and politicians work together to run the country.
The stairs of power
Inside Centre Block is a staircase that links the Prime Minister's Office, the cabinet room and the Opposition Leader's Office to the House of Commons — and it's where journalists gather to hold cabinet ministers to account.
The cabinet room
Every week there are meetings on Parliament Hill that decide how the Canadian government — the federal cabinet — will run the country.
The place where MPs speak freely
Each Wednesday when Parliament is in session, MPs (and Conservative Senators) have the chance to bring their constituents' concerns to their weekly caucus meetings. These closed door affairs are also an occasion to voice their own concerns — but what is said in caucus, stays in caucus.
Listening in on caucus meetings
While the weekly caucus meetings on Parliament Hill are closed-door gatherings — but that hasn't stopped some attempts over the years to eavesdrop.
Secret hand signals in question period
How House of Commons Speaker Geoff Regan manages the time allotment for MPs' questions and answers.
The power behind the Speaker's chair
The chair where the Speaker of the House of Commons sits offers some modern tools to keep question period moving along.
Coming soon: the Canadian Senate on TV
The Senate will soon join the House of Commons in having its proceedings televised.