Did Vic Toews reward one of his mistresses with an appointment to the Manitoba Court of Queens Bench? That's the allegation and, it's claimed, the reason Harper removed Toews as justice minister to protect his government from scandal.
(I have removed the Anonymous youtube clip. The video named the woman who was supposedly sleeping with Toews when he got her appointed to the Manitoba high court. The Anonymous piece is still available on Youtube at this time)
It's an interesting, even plausible claim but if Toews was instrumental in appointing a lover to the high court bench, others had to be involved. He would have needed the cooperation, a "favour" perhaps, from someone within the Manitoba government. And there would have been various people within the justice department with some awareness of this sort of favouritism.
Is it a bombshell? Possibly inasmuch as it implicates Toews and potentially others including Harper himself and the paper trail of those who would have done the leg work to get this woman appointed. Still, this is the sort of thing Harper's people are, by now, so skilled at burying.
The allegation is out there. The accusers have gone to ground. The sad joke that passes for opposition today will likely avoid this like the plague.
Update - the woman named does appear on the register of the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench. She is shown as having been a provincial court judge from 1998 (while Toews was provincial justice minister) until her elevation to the high court in November, 2006 when Toews was federal justice minister.
This is a miserable situation. We have an accusation and that's all. People have been named. Yet, so far at least, there's nothing concrete to back up any of this. Was Vic Toews carrying on an illicit intimate relationship with a judge in his home province while he was married, serving as justice minister and, apparently, fathering a child by an Ottawa assistant? Did he use his office to elevate this woman to a position on his province's supreme or high court? Is that why he was shuffled out of the justice portfolio? Did Harper move Toews to sweep this under the carpet?
If this is a malicious smear, it's about as low as they get. If it's false then innocent people may be seriously and permanently harmed by it. If nothing else, let's withhold any judgment about the woman named.
As for Vic Toews, he's a brawler, he can defend himself. If he knows these allegations to be untrue, he should waste no time in coming forward to refute them. There should be several means for Toews to convincingly disprove what is alleged.