Canada’s justice minister has moved to quash weeks of confusion by playing down the idea that Ottawa might amend the Criminal Code to include so-called “honour killings.”

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson says Ottawa is making honour crimes a priority but there isn’t any real need to change the Criminal Code to achieve such an objective.

That puts an end to weeks of head-scratching prompted by a remark from one of his cabinet colleagues, Rona Ambrose, that the government was considering Criminal Code amendments.

Nicholson told The Canadian Press that some sort of plan would be devised but downplayed the possibility that code amendments were the preferred option.

“It’s not necessarily any changes to the Criminal Code,” Nicholson told The Canadian Press in an interview this week.

“Specifically with respect to murder, there are (already) very strong provisions.”