Can­di­dates fac­ing sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions would be re­moved un­der Scheer

Journal Pioneer - - CANADA -

Fed­eral Con­ser­va­tive Leader An­drew Scheer says if al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault were lev­elled against can­di­dates for his party to­day, they wouldn’t be al­lowed to run.

But Scheer says he can’t speak to a de­ci­sion made by party of­fi­cials dur­ing the 2015 cam­paign to al­low On­tario MP Rick Dyk­stra to re­main on the bal­lot de­spite know­ing he had been ac­cused of as­sault.

That the party was aware of an al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual as­sault against Dyk­stra came to light in a re­port by Maclean’s mag­a­zine. Scheer says he can’t com­ment on that de­ci­sion but if the party was made aware of such an al­le­ga­tion to­day, the in­di­vid­ual would be re­moved as a can­di­date un­til an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was com­pleted.

Scheer calls the al­le­ga­tions about Dyk­stra dis­turb­ing and says there’s no place for such con­duct in the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.

Dyk­stra has not re­turned a re­quest for com­ment on the al­le­ga­tions; he lost his seat in the 2015 elec­tion and went on to be­come pres­i­dent of the On­tario Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Party, a po­si­tion from which he re­signed over the week­end just ahead of the Maclean’s story pub­li­ca­tion.


Con­ser­va­tive MP Randy Hoback ap­plauds as he stands with leader An­drew Scheer and the new Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Bat­tle­fords-Lloy­d­min­ster Rose­marie Falk as she is in­tro­duced be­fore Ques­tion Pe­riod in the House of Com­mons, Mon­day, Jan­uary 29, 2018 in Ot­tawa.

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