Andrew Scheer promises new approach to sexual assault allegations

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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer promised a more modern approach Monday to how the federal party deals with sexual harassment and assault, but left unanswered lingering questions about how a former MP was allowed to stand for election in 2015 while he was the subject of similar allegations.

Maclean’s magazine reported over the weekend that in 2015, the Conservative party allowed Rick Dykstra to remain on the ballot even after learning that a woman had contacted police and other Conservatives to allege that she was assaulted by the longtime Ontario MP in 2014.

Those allegations came to light at the campaign’s headquarters at the same time as others were circulating on social media that Dykstra, who was running for re-election, had bought drinks for underage girls earlier in the campaign. None of the allegations have ever been proven in court. –CINEWS

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