How bout now? (Vic Toews edition)

For the second time in four years, Vic Toews is being linked to a judicial vacancy in Manitoba.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is destined for a new job on Manitoba’s highest court, sources say. There are currently nine judges on the Manitoba Court of Appeal — one works part time — but one is due to retire shortly when he hits the compulsory retirement age of 75.

There is also one opening on the Court of Queen’s Bench that needs filling. Sources say Toews is in line for the Court of Appeal opening, but it’s an appointment that does not have to be made immediately.

Update 1:28pm. A statement from Mr. Toews’ office.

Every year stories come up saying that Minister Toews is retiring from politics and going to the bench, and every year he returns to Parliament to continue working to keep Canadians safe. Minister Toews will continue to pursue our government’s legislative priorities in the fall session, with a focus on speedy passage of the Enhancing RCMP Accountability Act.