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Vetting should include questions about sexual conduct, say ex-candidate screeners

By Jolson Lim      

One former vetting-committee member said it's possible to 'rework the vetting process to catch a lot of these behaviours early on,' but said it 'will require a lot of thought and effort and will not be an easy process.'

Liberal MP Kent Hehr, left, former Ontario PC Party leader Patrick Brown, centre, and former Ontario PC Party president Rick Dykstra, right, were all accused in the last week of sexual misconduct involving political staffers or public servants. Mr. Dykstra and Mr. Brown have denied the allegations, and Mr. Hehr has said harassment is never acceptable. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, screenshot courtesy of YouTube, The Hill Times file photograph

In future election-season vetting, political parties need to ask potential candidates whether they’ve committed an act that can be seen as sexually inappropriate, say two former members of Liberal candidate-vetting committees, although they acknowledge filtering out the badly behaved will still be difficult.

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