Federal Conservative leader orders investigation into M.P's 2015 candidacy

An investigation will be held to examine why a Conservative was allowed to run federally despite allegations of sexual assault made against him to both police and party members.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer initiated the independent, third-party investigation of the Rick Dykstra controversy.

The party has been struggling since the weekend with how to respond to a report that a 2014 incident involving Dykstra and a Parliament Hill staffer was brought to the Conservative campaign's attention, but seemingly resulted in no action being taken.

He ran as an M-P in 2015, but was defeated.

Dykstra then became president of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, but resigned over the weekend after the details of the alleged assault were published by Maclean's.

The allegations have not been tested in court, nor have they been independently verified by The Canadian Press.

Scheer says the results of the investigation will be made public.