Tories hire Toronto lawyer to lead probe into party's handling of Dykstra case
A Toronto employment lawyer will run the investigation into how the Conservative party handled a sexual assault allegation made against former Tory MP Rick Dykstra by a young staffer in the middle of the 2015 federal election campaign.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Carol Nielsen, a partner at the Toronto firm Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti, will review the events around the allegations and seek information to help the party create policies for responding if a similar situation arises in the future.
Dykstra resigned in January as the president of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party after the allegation was made public.
However, it then came out that federal Conservative party officials, including former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, were made aware of the allegation during the 2015 campaign but still allowed Dykstra to continue as a candidate.
Harper said in a Twitter post last month that he made that decision because he was told police had investigated and closed the case without charges; he said he had only recently been made aware that the investigation may not have been completed.
Scheer says Nielsen's findings will be made public.
Drew Hunter scored the game's first goal 9:31 into game one and the IceDogs never trailed, winning a hard fought 4-2 home ice win over Oshawa. With the victory, the 'Dogs hold a 1-0 series lead in the best of seven Eastern quarter-final with the Generals.
Friday night, the IceDogs open their best of seven quarter-final series on home ice versus the Generals, some tickets are still available. The 'Dogs have also announced a bus trip to Oshawa for game three and four.
A very successful 2017-2018 IceDogs regular season came to an end Saturday afternoon with a 6-3 win over Mississauga. A sellout St Patty's Day Meridian Centre crowd watched Niagara record their 35th win of the season for a total of 80 points in the OHL's Eastern Conference as Johnny Corneil lead the way with a goal and two assists.