Federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews resigns

STEINBACH, Man. – Federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has announced he is resigning as MP for the Manitoba riding of Provencher.

Toews told Steinbach radio station CHSM his retirement is effective Tuesday.

He says he will be pursuing opportunities in the private sector.

“I am having discussions with various companies and individuals,” he told the Manitoba radio station. “This summer I will be working somewhat, but will be taking a little time off and enjoying some of the beautiful life we have here in Manitoba.”

Toews, 60, was first elected to the house of Commons in 2000 and was re-elected four times. In the last federal election in 2011, the Conservative won just over 70 per cent of votes in the riding.

He was minister of justice before he was appointed to the public safety portfolio. He was also named president of the Treasury Board in 2007 and again in October 2008.

“I’ve been in politics for a long time,” he said. “One of the commitments I made to my spouse by the time my young son goes to school, I will have left politics. He is entering Grade 1 this year and I think it is time to go.

“We have had a wonderful time in terms of serving the people of Provencher. I can’t think of a better job.”

Toews has served as Stephen Harper’s regional minister in Manitoba and in a news release he thanked the prime minister for “for giving me the opportunity to serve in his cabinet.”

He said he leaves public office “at a time when I believe our country is more sensitive to the needs of victims, more fiscally sound and safer for citizens and future generations of Canadians.”

Read Toews’ full statement on his departure here.