01/30/2013 10:17 EST | Updated 04/01/2013 05:12 EDT

Harper speech rallies Conservative caucus

Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke to his Conservative caucus on Parliament Hill this morning, articulating the government's agenda as Tory MPs and senators return from their six-week winter break.

On Monday, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan said that the government's main focus remains the economy, leading up to an anticipated federal budget from Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in March. Van Loan also identified several justice and public safety initiatives the government is keen to pass.

Aboriginal issues dominated the spotlight during Parliament's winter break, but it's not clear the Conservatives intend to spend very much time in the House of Commons dealing with the issues raised in recent First Nations protests. The opposition, however, has made these concerns a focus during this week's first two question periods.

The House of Commons resumed sitting on Monday. The Senate resumes next week.