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Ontario PC president Rick Dykstra steps down amid party clean out

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Ainsley Smith Jan 29, 2018 8:18 am

Ontario Progressive Conservatives continue to make headlines following the Patrick Brown scandal, as Ontario PC president Rick Dykstra stepped down Sunday evening.

Dykstra, a close Brown ally, announced his resignation on Twitter following Maclean’s magazine contacting him about sexual assault allegations.

Dykstra’s statement did not address the allegations cited by Maclean’s.

“I have made the decision to step aside as president and take a step back for someone else to lead us through the hard work,” Dykstra said in a statement Sunday night.

“After two years in this position, I know the party is prepared to take on the hard work necessary to fight this election.”

According to Maclean’s magazine, Dykstra had allegedly sexually assaulted a parliamentary staffer in Ottawa when he was an MP in 2014. The woman told Maclean’s she was sexually assaulted at Dykstra’s apartment after a night of drinking.

The report says Ottawa police investigated the complaint, but police stopped their investigation at the woman’s request.

According to the report, the Conservative Party was made aware of the allegation made against the then federal MP, but decided to let him run in the 2015 election anyway.

Jag Badwal, a party vice-president, will be the interim president:

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]

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