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PM Harper meets Chen on Citizen's arrest law

February 17, 2011.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today met with David Chen who had to face legal troubles recently after making a citizen’s arrest of a shoplifter who stole from his store in Chinatown, Toronto.

The Prime Minister was at the Lucky Moose Food Mart to reassure the store keeper that the Citizen’s Arrest and Self Defence Act introduced in the parliament would ensure that “Law-abiding Canadians should not be the target of the criminal justice system.”

The Prime Minister bought a bottle of maple syrup and was presented with a bunch of small oranges “for goodluck”. He later posed for photographs with David Chen.

The Prime Minister was accompanied on the trip by former Toronto top Cop and now Minister of State (Seniors) Julian Fantino and the Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson. Also present at the event were MP Olivia Chow and MP Joe Volpe.

Prime Minister Harper later at a news conference said “This new law provides clear direction on the appropriate use of citizen’s arrest, self-defence and defence of property.”

The legislation will expand the circumstances in which citizens’ arrests can be made, and streamline and simplify the self–defence and defence of property provisions in the Criminal Code.

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Story by Edward akinwunmi

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