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UPDATED: Kenney a no-show as Nicholson hits Lucky Moose to celebrate new citizens' arrest law

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney pops up at Toronto's famous Lucky Moose grocery, where he'll join store proprietor David Chen, as well as Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, to mark the official coming into force of the new provisions of the citizens' arrest law, which were inspired by Chen's extensively documented experiences with the legal system

UPDATE: According to a just-in correction/advisory, Kenney will not be in attendance at today's Lucky Moose citizens' arrest law coming-into-force celebration after all, although Justice Minister Rob Nicholson is, at press time, still set to do the honours. 

Today's photo op comes nearly nine months after Nicholson made a similarly celebratory appearance at the Lucky Moose last June, at which time he claimed that the new provisions would take effect soon.  

According to Nicholson's office, the delay isn't unusual. "It's common for legislation passed by Parliament to come into force several months after receiving Royal Assent," said a spokesperson for the minister. 

"The intervening period gives the provinces, which are responsible for the administration of justice, time to prepare for the new Criminal Code amendments." 

POST PHOTO-OP UPDATE: In a move that may forever destroy the illusion that published ministerial quotes represent statements that were actually made at the associated event, despite being conspicuously missing from this morning's festivities, Kenney still managed to make a virtual appearance in the accompanying press release.

Meanwhile, with the House on a week-long constituency break, the PM heads to Yellowknife, where, against the backdrop of the legislative assembly, and alongside Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt, NWT premier Bob McLeod and other northern dignitaries, he's expected to unveil a decades-in-the-making agreement that will give the territory more control over its land and natural resources. 

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit:

  • Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue delivers new money for broadband funding during an appearance at the Labrador Interpretation Centre.
  • Veterans Affairs Minister Steve Blaney talks clean technology at Levis-based Eocycle Technologies
  • Back in Ontario, Conservative MP Susan Truppe shares the details of a new partnership agreement between "the Harper government and Western University."
  • Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose gives the opening address at the Canadian Energy Research Institute's annual conference on natural gas in Calgary.
  • In British Columbia, newly minted associate defence minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay brings news of more infrastructure funding to Delta, while her caucus colleague Randy Kamp takes part in a "celebration" at St. Thomas More Collegiate in Burnaby, and Justice Minister Rob Nicholson holds a roundtable on "criminal justice issues" in Vancouver. 
  • Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird embarks on what his office makes a point of noting in the advisory is his seventh visit to Asia, with scheduled stops in Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong

Finally, Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae continues his swing through Northern Ontario with a day-long sojourn in Thunder Bay, where he'll attend a chamber of commerce lunch and tour the local Bombardier plant before spending his evening at a party-organized 'Thanks a Million, Bob' fundraiser reception.

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NOTE: Updates added in reverse chronological (newer to older) order.

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