Protesters gather on Parliament Hill to demand reversal of transfer of murderer to healing lodge

A crowd of protesters has gathered on Parliament Hill, calling on the Federal Government to return convicted child-killer Terri-Lynne McClintic to prison.

In 2010, McClintic pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2009 killing of eight-year-old Tori Stafford of Woodstock, Ont.

Stafford's family and the federal and Ontario Conservatives have been critical of her transfer from a prison in Ontario to an indigenous healing lodge in Saskatchewan--run by Corrections Canada--late last year.

Tori’s father Rodney Stafford is on Parliament Hill for the Friday morning protest.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says a report on the decision to send convicted McClintic to the healing lodge is expected to be released soon.

Goodale had asked the commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada to review both the transfer and the policies allowing it after a public backlash erupted when news of the transfer became public.

Goodale says he expects there will be “significant” recommendations in the report.

McClintic lured Tori Stafford away from her school April 8, 2009. Her body would not be found until July 21, 2009, but she had been dead since the day she disappeared, having been raped, and beaten with a hammer.

McClintic pleaded guilty in 2010, but it wouldn't be until 2012 that a jury would find McClintic's then-boyfriend guilty of first-degree murder, sexual assault, and kidnapping. Rafferty attempted to appeal his conviction, but the appeal was dismissed in 2016.

Both are serving life sentences with no chance of parole for 25 years.

With files from The Canadian Press.