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Saturday, May 17, 2008 

Is Little Tory Piggy Going 'oink oink' All The Way To The Political Patronage Trough?

"It's just one more illustration of how who you know gets you to the bench."
Vic Toews, MP
(criticising political appointment of judges to the bench)

"Vic Toews repeatedly lambasted the Liberal party for appointing judges with strong Liberal ties, including in November 2004 when a former chief of staff to then Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler got a judge's seat.

At that time, Toews called for an overhaul of judicial appointments. But he backed away from the idea six months after taking office, calling the system a "relatively well-working mechanism." Just weeks later Toews appointed the co-chairman of the Conservative election campaign in New Brunswick to a federal judgeship, the first of several judges with Tory ties moved onto the bench since 2006.
Toews himself may be the next.

This week the Free Press has learned the MP for Provencher and president of the Treasury Board is being considered for an appointment to the Court of Queen's Bench in Manitoba."

Winnipeg Free Press

He's been a millstone round the collective neck of the cabinet.

He wasn't successful as A-G and he's a tough one for the civil service.

Perhaps he's being sidelined with the offer of the Bench because Harper wouldn't sign his nomination papers, next time round.

Speaking of nominations, how many conservatives won't return as candidates either by quitting or having Harper not sign their nomination papers?

Talk about a clearing out!

Shades of 1993 again.

Well, I for one am sure glad it won't be 'what he knows' that gets Mr. Toews appointed to the bench (if and when it does happen).


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