Vic Toews might be leaving cabinet for appeal court


Public safety minister going to Manitoba's Appeal Court: sources

WINNIPEG — Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is destined for a new job on Manitoba's highest court, sources say.

There are nine judges on the Manitoba Court of Appeal — one works part time — but one is due to retire shortly when he hits the compulsory retirement age of 75.

There is also one opening on the Court of Queen's Bench that needs filling.

Sources say Toews is in line for the Court of Appeal opening, but it's an appointment that does not have to be made immediately.

Judges on the Appeal Court and Queen's Bench are federally appointed through the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada. The Queen's Bench and Appeal Court vacancies are to be filled at the same time.

This is the second time it has been said the senior Manitoba cabinet minister is in line for appointment to the bench. The last time was four years ago, when justice sources said he was to fill a Queen's Bench opening.

However, Toews continued to serve in cabinet under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Toews has been justice minister and minister responsible for the Treasury Board.

Before entering provincial politics in the mid-'90s, Toews was a provincial Crown attorney specializing in constitutional law. He made the jump to federal politics in 2000.

Recently, Toews said he had no plans to retire when asked if he'll run in the 2015 federal election.

"I keep hearing all the time that I'm retiring, and your newspaper is the one that keeps on saying it," he said. "Also, I have to sort of shrug my shoulders and say, 'You must know something that I don't know.' That's all I can say."

Toews garnered public criticism earlier this year after introducing what's been dubbed an Internet snooping bill.

He told a Liberal MP in the House of Commons in February he could either stand with the government in support of Bill C-30, the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, or "with the child pornographers." The bill, which would require telecommunications companies to hand over customer information to police without a court order, was swiftly sent to committee, where it could be reworked.

The fallout from Toews' comment and the bill resulted in the Vikileaks affair in which details of his divorce were released on Twitter.

More recently, it was rumoured he would be part of a cabinet shuffle following the resignation of International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda, who leaves office at the end of the month. Oda has been replaced by Ontario MP Julian Fantino.

Harper told an Alberta radio host this week he's holding off on a wider cabinet shuffle until next year.

Public safety minister going to Manitoba's Appeal Court: sources
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Vic in the good old days.Well he is just a wannabe.

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One way to keep him quiet in the media, anyway.
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How can you without a public safety minister?
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Peter Principle - each individual rises to his own level of incompetence.

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Welcome Vic Toews to Stephen Harper's Perps with Perks for "giving patronage a bad name", as Dan Lett (link is external) wrote in the Winnipeg Free Press .

Appointed to the Queens Court by Justice Minister Peter MacKay in March last year eight months after leaving the Cons cabinet, Toews - a former Justice Minister, Public Safety Minister, and head of the Treasury Board - has spent his time on the Manitoba bench making his presumed future appointment t (link is external) o the Supreme Court of Canada next year (link is external) a tad more tricky for the Cons.

Toews has had his wages garnisheed under an order from a Quebec tribunal for failing to pay thousands of dollars in back rent on a Gatineau condominium.Toews claimed he did not pay the back rent because he could not understand the tribunal's order and supporting documents, which were written in French.

I'm guessing not recognizing a court order as a legal document is not a strong supporting argument for appointing even a former Attorney-General of Canada to the Supremes.

As to possible conflict of interest (link is external) guidelines he transgressed last year while lobbying as an employee of his wife's company on behalf of a First Nation he dealt with while in cabinet, and a subsequent court case which revealed his wife allegedly received $50K in compensation, a court official explained to CBC on behalf of Toews : "As a sitting judge, it would not be appropriate for Justice Toews to comment on your inquiry."

Quite. Pity though because he's usually so lucid. Here he is three years ago defending his online surveillance bill C-30, the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, a bill which amusingly mentioned neither children nor predators aside from in its title :
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Former cabinet minister-turned-Manitoba judge broke conflict of interest rules, commissioner finds

Former Harper government minister 'switched sides' and advised First Nations group

Former Conservative cabinet minister Vic Toews broke conflict of interest rules by doing consulting work for two Manitoba First Nations after he left office, Canada's ethics commissioner has found.

In a report released Friday, Mary Dawson said Toews, now a Manitoba judge, advised the same First Nations group he had previously battled in court when he was Treasury Board president in Stephen Harper's cabinet.

"In providing strategic advice on a proposed settlement agreement in relation to the Kapyong matter, and in participating in its drafting, Mr. Toews switched sides," Dawson's report said about the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner. "He acted for or on behalf of a party that was seeking relief against a decision in which he had been involved as a minister of the Crown."

During his last year in office, Toews had dealings with the Norway House Cree that constituted "direct and significant official dealings," according to Dawson.

There are no penalties or sanctions for violating ethics or conflict of interest rules.

Toews was appointed a judge on the Court of Queen's Bench in Manitoba in March 2014

Duff Conacher, co-founder of Democracy Watch, said the Canadian Judicial Council should review Toews's actions.

"In my opinion, given that he violated one of the fundamental democratic good government laws in Canada, [it should] rule that he is unfit to continue sitting as a judge," he said in an emailed statement. "My opinion is based on the integrity rules in the ethics code for federal judges, which require judges to act in ways that sustain and enhance public confidence in the judiciary."

Conacher said while it good to see a rare ruling from the ethics commissioner finding someone in violation of the rules, it's still an example of how weak the federal government ethics enforcement system is because it has huge loopholes such as a lack of penalties for most violations.

Toews was unavailable for comment.

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Vic Toews might be leaving cabinet for appeal court