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."