Vic Toews becomes a Manitoba lobbyist

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Another former Conservative cabinet minister is going to be a lobbyist.

Former Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says he has found a new career. He’s going be a "lobbyist" in Manitoba now that he has left the Harper government.

Toews said he will represent Aboriginal associations with the Manitoba NDP government.

Former Transport Minister Chuck Strahl recently announced that he too will be a lobbyist. He registered last year to represent the oil giant Enbridge with the Liberal government of British Columbia. The firm wants to build a pipeline through the Rocky Mountains across Aboriginal lands. Both the First Nations people and the British Colombia government are opposed.

With federal elections fast approaching, it is time for those who want to get out of cabinet, to make a move soon.

Federal law requires that former federal cabinet ministers wait five years before they start "lobbying" their former cabinet colleagues and government officials. Toews has three more years to wait. But the federal law does not forbid former ministers to lobby provincial governments right away.

But why would Toews be "lobbying" the Manitoba Government which is NDP, a political party that Toews spent much of his political life vilifying?

One can only wish him "Good luck Vic."


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