Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is expected to spend the night in an Ottawa hospital after he was taken there by ambulance from Parliament Hill Monday.

Mike Patton, a spokesperson from Toews's office, confirmed that the minister was taken to hospital "as a precaution." He said Toews had been suffering from the flu for a couple of weeks, and hadn't been feeling well Monday morning.

Toews was taken to the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus. Officials there have refused to comment on his condition, directing questions to the minister's office.

Patton said Toews has been taken to hospital "for observation."

"He's had the flu and I don't think it's anything serious," Patton told CTV News.

In a statement, Patton later asked that the media "respect his privacy in this matter."