Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau


Guy Turcotte was found not criminally responsible for stabbing and mutilating his children, Anne Sophie, 3, and Olivier, 5. (Handout photo)

'Not criminally responsible' bill before Commons

The Conservatives moved to cap debate in the Commons Monday on a bill that aims to make it more difficult for offenders deemed “not criminally responsible” to receive early release from mental health institutions.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L) shakes hands with Peru's President Ollanta Humala upon his arrival to the government palace in Lima May 22, 2013. Prime Minister Harper is on a one day official visit to Peru. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Harper frustrated over Senate shenanigans

Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized Wednesday and said he was in the dark when his chief of staff gave $90,000 to Sen. Mike Duffy — a gift opposition MPs want investigated by the RCMP and probed by Parliament.

First Nations protesters march towards Parliament Hill before the start of a meeting between chiefs and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa January 11, 2013. Deep splits emerged in the ranks of Canada's aboriginal movement on Friday, casting doubt on a planned meeting between chiefs and Conservative Prime Minister Harper to discuss a series of native grievances. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Harper promises to take direct interest in First Nations files

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has promised he and his top officials will take a more direct interest in First Nations issues, but First Nations leaders remain deeply divided over how they should deal with the federal government.

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

Chief Theresa Spence changes her mind, won't attend meeting with PM

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who says she hasn't eaten solid food in weeks to protest the federal government, won't attend a meeting between aboriginal leaders and Prime Minister Stephen Harper Friday because Gov. Gen. David Johnston didn't RSVP.

PM invited to First Nations meeting

First Nations leaders plan to hold a mass meeting at the end of January and Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston are invited.