OTTAWA — The commissioner of the RCMP says the Mounties will now guard the prime minister around the clock, wherever he goes.
MPs say Stephen Harper was with them but had no RCMP guard while they were holed up in a caucus room Wednesday as exchanges of gunfire echoed through the Centre Block. It took some time for the Mounties to arrive and hustle him away.
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says that’s going to change in the aftermath of the shootout on Parliament Hill.
Paulson also says Michael Zehaf Bibeau, who killed a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial before dying himself in the Centre Block gunfight, was not on the RCMP’s watch list of potential high-risk travellers. Paulson also says there’s no evidence of a link between Zehaf Bibeau and Martin Couture-Rouleau, who ran down two Canadian soldiers in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., on Monday.
Paulson made the comments at an RCMP briefing at which he released this video: