OTTAWA — A Toronto employment lawyer will run the investigation into how the Conservative get together dealt with a sexual assault allegation made towards former Tory MP Rick Dykstra by a younger staffer in the midst of the 2015 federal election marketing campaign.
Conservative Chief Andrew Scheer says Carol Nielsen, a companion on the Toronto agency Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti, will evaluation the occasions across the allegations and search info to assist the get together create insurance policies for responding if an analogous scenario arises sooner or later.
Dykstra resigned in January because the president of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Social gathering after the allegation was made public.
Nonetheless, it then got here out that federal Conservative get together officers, together with former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, have been made conscious of the allegation throughout the 2015 marketing campaign however nonetheless allowed Dykstra to proceed as a candidate.
Harper stated in a Twitter publish final month that he made that call as a result of he was instructed police had investigated and closed the case with out costs; he stated he had solely lately been made conscious that the investigation could not have been accomplished.
Scheer says Nielsen’s findings will likely be made public.
Dykstra denies the allegations, which haven’t been examined in court docket nor confirmed independently by The Canadian Press.