Former cabinet minister turned Manitoba judge broke ethics law: Commissioner

Former cabinet minister turned Manitoba judge broke ethics law: Commissioner

Canada’s former public safety minister has had his wrist slapped by the federal ethics commissioner for violating conflict of interest rules.Vic Toews was a Conservative MP from Manitoba and senior minister in Stephen Harper’s government between 2006 and 2013. He is now a judge on the Court of Queen’s Bench in Manitoba.READ MORE: Former Conservative cabinet minister Vic Toews named to Manitoba court Story continues below

Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson says Toews violated the Conflict of Interest Act twice in the months after his departure by working for two Manitoba First Nations with whom he had dealt with as a minister.In one instance, Toews provided strategic legal advice to Peguis First Nation and even helped draft a settlement proposal related to the Kapyong Barracks dispute in Winnipeg.While in office, Toews was the minister who signed off on the sale of the former military barracks, and was later named as a defendant in a lawsuit from First Nations, including Peguis, about the sale.RELATED: Manitoba Judge Vic Toews fights salary seizure over Ottawa-area leaseDawson said Toews’ actions meant he “switched sides” just two months after he left office, something that is not allowed under the Conflict of Interest Act.

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