Vic Toews to Face Canadian Judicial Council Review Over Conflict-of-Interest Allegations

Vic Toews to Face Canadian Judicial Council Review Over Conflict-of-Interest Allegations

Manitoba Justice Vic Toews will face an investigation over alleged breaches of conflict-of-interest rules.

The Canadian Judicial Council, the body that oversees federally appointed judges in Canada, says it is launching a review of Toews's conduct as a result of a complaint filed by a private citizen this past weekend.

The complaint was filed shortly after Canada's ethics commissioner found that the former Conservative cabinet minister broke conflict-of-interest rules by doing consulting work for two Manitoba First Nations after he left office in 2013.

"Over the weekend we did get a complaint regarding Justice Toews, and so we will be reviewing his conduct as per the council's bylaws," Johanna Laporte, the council's director of communications and registry services, said Monday.

The council, which oversees federally appointed judges in Canada, could recommend Toews' removal from the bench. However, Laporte said it's too early at this point to say what will come out of its review.

The council's executive director will examine the complaint and decide if it should be forwarded to a member of its judicial conduct committee, which consists of chief justices from across the country.

Following that review, the judicial conduct committee member could decide to either dismiss the complaint or refer it to a review panel.

"A review panel will then … consider whether the matter, if proven, would be serious enough to possibly warrant removal and would refer the matter to an inquiry committee," Laporte said.

Toews retired from federal politics in July 2013. He served as minister of justice, president of the Treasury Board and minister of public safety in several Conservative cabinets. He worked as a lobbyist and consultant in 2013.

He was appointed to the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench in March 2014.

Toews will remain on the bench while the Canadian Judicial Council review is underway, says Manitoba Chief Justice Glenn Joyal.

 

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/vic-toews-canadian-judicial-council-1.4082862

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