OTTAWA – Former Conservative cabinet minister Vic Toews says ethics commissioner Mary Dawson made inaccurate and inconsistent findings in ruling that he violated conflict-of-interest provisions.
Dawson ruled that Toews, now a Manitoba judge, violated the Conflict of Interest Act in matters involving two First Nations after he left politics, but before he was appointed to the bench in 2014.
In the first case, she said Toews broke the rules by providing consulting services to Norway House Cree Nation despite having direct and significant dealings with the First Nation during his final year in office.
Dawson said Toews also gave strategic advice to counsel for the Peguis First Nation about potential settlement of litigation over the transfer of military land, even though he was involved with the same file as a minister.
Toews has filed a motion with the Federal Court of Canada to have Dawson’s April ruling thrown out.