Stephen Harper had to hide in anteroom during gunfight on the Hill

October 24, 2014 10:38 AM

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Stephen Harper had to hide in anteroom during gunfight on the Hill

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper was hustled into a small anteroom of the grand Reading Room as gunfire erupted in the hallway outside. He waited up to 15 agonizingly long minutes to be extracted from the deadly scene unfolding metres away.

RCMP protective security detail, normally stationed outside the building, raced through the hallways trying to reach him. The prime minister is not under the Mounties’ watch while in Parliament but protected by House of Commons security — only some of whom carry weapons.

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