Speaker Profiles

The Honourable Vic Toews

The Honourable Vic Toews

Minister of Public Safety

Government of Canada

Vic was born in Paraguay but is a long time resident of Manitoba, the son of Rev. Victor Toews and Anne Toews. The family came to Manitoba in 1956.

Vic attended Grades 1 through 8 at Princess Margaret School and Grades 9 through 12 at Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute. He graduated from high school in 1970, and in 1973 graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a B.A. in History. In 1976 Vic graduated with a Law Degree from the University of Manitoba.

In 1977 Vic became a member of the Bar of Manitoba and practiced law with the provincial Department of Justice from 1976 to 1991. In that capacity he served as a Crown Prosecutor in Brandon Manitoba and in Winnipeg as Legal Counsel to various government Departments including the Department of Labour, Workplace Safety and Health, the Manitoba Labour Board, the Director of Child Welfare, and various other government boards and commissions.

 In 1987 Vic was appointed Director of Constitutional Law for the Province of Manitoba and represented the Attorney General in many important constitutional cases at all levels of court, including a number of Supreme Court of Canada cases. He acted as legal counsel to the Premier of Manitoba at the Meech Lake Accord discussions in 1990. Vic was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991.

Vic taught a number of law courses in the Department of Economics, University of Manitoba from 1988 to 1995. In 1991 he joined the legal Department of Great-West Life where he was responsible for the company’s Canadian insurance litigation.

 In 1995 Vic was elected the MLA for Rossmere and soon after was appointed the Minister of Labour. In 1997, until the end of his term in September of 1999, he served as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice for the Province of Manitoba.

 Vic was first elected to the House of Commons in 2000 and re-elected in 2004 and 2006.  In Opposition, Vic served as Justice Critic, and was Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on the Process for Appointment to the Judiciary.  He was also a member of numerous subcommittees including ones on National Security, on Agenda and Procedure and on Bill C-17.

 On February 6, 2006  Vic was named Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada by Prime Minister Stephen Harper where he served until January 4, 2007 when he was appointed as the new President of the Treasury Board.

On October 14, 2008, Vic was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Provencher and was re-appointed as the President of the Treasury Board by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on October 30. On January 19, 2010 Vic Toews was appointed as the Minister for Public Safety.

Vic enjoys roller blading and jogging. He resides in Steinbach.

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