Vic was born in Paraguay but is a long time resident of Manitoba, the son of Rev. Victor Toews and Anne Toews. The family came to Manitoba in 1956.
In 1973 Vic graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a B.A. in History and in 1976 with a Law Degree from the University of Manitoba.
In 1977 Vic became a member of the Bar of Manitoba.
Vic practiced law with the provincial Department of Justice from 1976 to 1991. In that capacity he served as a Crown Prosecutor in Brandon, Manitoba and in Winnipeg as Legal Counsel to various government Departments including the Department of Labour, Workplace Safety and Health, the Manitoba Labour Board, the Director of Child Welfare, and various other government boards and commissions.
In 1987 Vic was appointed Director of Constitutional Law for the Province of Manitoba and represented the Attorney General in many important constitutional cases at all levels of court, including a number of Supreme Court of Canada cases.
He acted as legal counsel to the Premier of Manitoba at the Meech Lake Accord discussions in 1990. Vic was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991.
Vic taught a number of law courses in the Department of Economics, University of Manitoba from 1988 to 1995.
In 1991, Vic joined the legal Department of Great-West Life where he was responsible for the company’s Canadian insurance litigation.
In 1995, Vic was elected the MLA for Rossmere and soon after was appointed the Minister of Labour. In 1997 until the end of his term in September of 1999, he served as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice for the Province of Manitoba.
Vic was elected as the Member of Parliament for Provencher in November of 2000. He is presently the Senior Opposition Justice Critic for the Conservative Party of Canada in Parliament. In addition, he is serving as a member of the Public Accounts Committee investigating the findings of the Auditor General in relation to the federal Sponsorship Program.
Vic has volunteered for and participated on the board of a number of community and school organizations over the years. He is married to Lorraine. They have two children, Leslie, who graduated from engineering at Waterloo University and Mark, who graduated from Camosun University College with a Diploma in Business Administration (Marketing). Mark has recently graduated from the University of Ottawa in the Business Degree Program while Leslie is completing a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering at Waterloo University.
Elected to the House of Commons in 2000.
B.A. in History from the University of Winnipeg.
Law Degree from the University of Manitoba.
Married to Lorraine. They have two children, Leslie and Mark.