In wake of interviews, NDP now embracing neutral probe of misconduct complaints

The NDP is embracing the idea of a neutral third-party investigation of misconduct complaints against two Liberal MPs, now that one New Democrat complainant has said she'd be willing to participate.

OTTAWA — The NDP is embracing the idea of a neutral third-party investigation of misconduct complaints against two Liberal MPs, now that one New Democrat complainant has said she’d be willing to participate.

Andrew Scheer, the Speaker of the House of Commons, last week offered the use of House administration resources as well as “external experts” to help resolve the complaints against Massimo Pacetti and Scott Andrews, both of whom insist they’ve done nothing wrong.

The NDP dismissed his offer last week and insisted neither of the two New Democrat complainants wanted to pursue the matter.

However, one of the women, who began late Monday giving media interviews, has now said she’d be willing to take part in an investigative process.

NDP whip Nycole Turmel has written to Scheer, asking him to provide detail about the process he’s offered.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is urging other parties to adopt his proposal to develop a formal code of conduct for MPs and appoint a non-partisan officer of Parliament to investigate complaints.

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