Commons committee says no mandate to investigate misconduct complaints

Two suspended Liberal MPs remain in limbo after a multi-party committee determined it has no mandate to establish a process for investigating misconduct complaints between members of Parliament.

OTTAWA — Two suspended Liberal MPs remain in limbo after a multi-party committee determined it has no mandate to establish a process for investigating misconduct complaints between members of Parliament.

The secretive board of internal economy, which oversees the operation of the House of Commons, has instead punted the matter over to another committee.

In the meantime, it has adopted interim measures which board spokesman John Duncan says could be used by the two Liberal MPs and the two female New Democrat MPs who’ve accused them of misconduct to informally resolve their dispute.

Those measures involve adopting elements of the process in place for dealing with sexual harassment complaints by Commons staff, including allowing for informal mediation.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau suspended Massimo Pacetti and Scott Andrews from his caucus two weeks ago, pending an investigation into the allegations.

The NDP women, who have not been named, have so far refused to level formal complaints about the Liberal pair, although one complained directly to Trudeau.