Toews, your Honour
Late last week, there was a flurry of stories about the future of federal Treasury Board president Vic Toews -- specifically, whether he was being considered for a judge-ship in his home province of Manitoba.
In Saturday's National Post, columnist Don Martin also let drop another, somewhat delicate angle to this whole line of speculation -- the fact that Toews may be looking to exit the Ottawa hothouse because of a messy divorce and a child born to a "much younger woman."
This was news to me when I first heard it on Friday night, but apparently it's the worst-kept secret in Ottawa.
Toews was asked about all of this today. Here's the video, in which he neither confirms nor denies a thing.
Note the careful, repetitive use of the word "intend to" -- a patented way of avoiding saying what he "will" do. Politicians often use the word "intend" when they haven't finalized their real plans.