President of Ontario PC's Resigns

Monday, 29 January 2018 08:20 MH
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The former president of Ontario's Progressive Conservative party, who stepped down late Sunday night, is reportedly facing sexual misconduct allegations.

Rick Dykstra announced his resignation late Sunday in a Twitter statement hours before Maclean's Magazine published allegations that Dykstra was accused of sexually assaulting a young Conservative staffer in 2014, when he was an MP.

In Dykstra's statement, he wrote he would “step aside” to let someone else take the helm as the party chooses its new leader.

He did not reference any of the allegations reported by Maclean's, but the magazine said Dykstra told them he “will be responding.”

Maclean's said the staffer reported the incident to Ottawa police in 2014, saying that Dykstra sexually assaulted her after a party.

The magazine reported that senior Conservative campaign operatives were aware of the allegations and decided to allow him to run anyway.

(The Canadian Press)

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