PARLIAMENT HILL—NDP MP Pat Martin has asked the federal conflict of interest commissioner to investigate a payment the common-law spouse of former Public Safety Minister Vic Toews received from a First Nation band in Manitoba on whose behalf Mr. Toews lobbied in the development of a horse-racing venture in the province.
Mr. Toews’ spouse, Stacey Meek, confirmed to Postmedia this week she received a payment of “less than $50,000” from a lawyer handling financial transactions for the Peguis First Nation, on behalf of which Mr. Toews lobbied the Manitoba government after he left the federal Cabinet and resigned as an MP in July, 2013.
But Ms. Meek denied that she had received $966,500 from the Peguis band as claimed in a ledger presented as evidence the lawyer, Jeffrey Rath, presented to the First Nation to show how he had disbursed millions of dollars from the band’s trust account.
Aside from millions of dollars in flood relief the band received from the federal government when Mr. Toews was Prime Minister Stephen Harper's (Calgary Southwest, Alta.) political minister for the province, Peguis First Nation also reached a $126-million land claim settlement, Postmedia reported.
In October, 2013, Mr. Toews registered as a lobbyist for Mr. Rath to make representation on his behalf to the provincial NDP government concerning approval of a joint venture between the Peguis band and the Manitoba Jockey Club for development of the Assiniboia Downs horse-racing track.