February 5, 2016 4:31 pm

Sen. Don Meredith won’t face charges over alleged relationship with teen

Senator Don Meredith, is pictured in an undated handout photo.

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OTTAWA – The Senate’s ethics officer has resumed an investigation into allegations that Sen. Don Meredith had a sexual relationship with a teenager.

Lyse Ricard suspended her probe in October so as not to interfere with a police investigation.

But her office says she’s now resumed her investigation after being advised that the Ottawa police are no longer pursuing the matter.

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Ricard was asked to look into Meredith’s conduct last June by Leo Housakos, then Speaker of the Senate, who believed the alleged relationship with a teen, if true, would constitute “conduct unbecoming of a senator” and would require disciplinary sanctions.

She is also conducting a second investigation into allegations of workplace harassment against Meredith.

That investigation was prompted by a workplace assessment by an outside investigator who, according to Senate sources, reported complaints from six former staffers about Meredith’s allegedly rude and unprofessional behaviour.

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