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Toews says he is staying put

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Manitoba senior minister Vic Toews was asked today whether Julian Fantino’s arrival will have any impact on Toews’ job.

Toews is the Public Safety minister. Fantino is the former chief of the Ontario Provincial Police and former chief of the largest municipal police force in Canada in Toronto. Needless to say he has a bit of public safety experience under his belt.

There are many political watchers who believe Fantino is going straight into cabinet. The question of course is where. Public Safety in some ways would be the best fit.

But that spot is already occupied by one Mr. Toews.

Following Question Period Toews was asked if he was afraid he might lose his portfolio to Fantino.

Here’s his response:

"Oh, I tell you, I’m so happy to see Mr. Fantino here. He is a wonderful addition. He has been a great public servant in Ontario for over 40 years. I’m more than happy to be in a caucus with Mr. Fantino."

Later on in the scrum, Toews was asked if he planned to run again in the next election.

His first response was "Why wouldn’t I."

When pressed again, he said:

"I ran four times now, four times. The last time, the good people of Provencher gave me about 65% of the vote. Accordingly I still think that they have some patience with me and at this point, I have every intention of running in the next election. Thank you."

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About Mia Rabson

Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.

Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.

She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.

Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.

Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.

In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.

She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.

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