Aboriginal residential schools: the senator Beyak excluded from the caucus for his comments

Photo: Sean Kilpatrick, The canadian Press
Lynn Beyak was left on the harness for the first time last spring.

Ottawa — The conservative senator Lynn Beyak has been excluded from the conservative caucus, after having apparently taken the resolution to continue to propagate in 2018 the same message controversial — seen as “racist” by many — that she had conveyed in 2017 on the aboriginal residential schools.


In a press release issued late Thursday, the conservative opposition leader Andrew Scheer has asserted that,” due to his actions, ” Ms. Beyak had been excluded from the caucus by himself, and the leading conservative in the Senate, Larry Smith.


“Racism will not be tolerated within the conservative caucus or the conservative Party of Canada,” said Mr. Scheer.


In a recent entry on his personal website of the senate, Mrs. Beyak has shared dozens of “letters of support” in which several published authors say they agree with his position.


By way of introduction, the senator writes that ” many people “, he meant ” how does having attended an aboriginal residential school was a positive experience for them.”


It specifies that ” these people believe that they have acquired useful skills and that they have benefited from recreational activities and practice sports “.


We can read in some of the letters published on the Web page in the senate, about going in this direction.


A referred to as Eardley noted that “much good has been done” in these institutions were created ” to give young aboriginal people a chance to learn and be part of the modern society “.


Another correspondent, Roy, for its part, considers that, thanks to the residential schools, the aboriginal ” can operate in our modern world, up to a certain point “.


As for Terry, he argues that ” certainly, the decision to assimilate the First Nations in Canada was and remains correct “.


Still others go beyond the theme, such as Larry, who congratulated the senator to “stand up and be held accountable” for the “MILLIONS in taxes” paid to aboriginal people.


“I asked the senator to remove this content from its Web site. She refused, ” said Mr. Scheer.


This new release from the senator of ontario has been vigorously denounced by the minister of aboriginal Affairs, Carolyn Bennett.


“Most of the letters that it has posted on its Web site the Senate to support its position have been interpreted as racist,” she noted Thursday in a written statement transmitted by his press officer.


“It is unacceptable that senator Beyak can continue to validate the opinions of those who refuse to accept the truth and spread misinformation and prejudices that continue to feed the racism in our country,” said Ms. Bennett.


The chief néodémocrate, Jagmeet Singh, has made statements of a similar in a statement sent to The canadian Press, calling it “disgusting” the ” continual attempts of senator Beyak to justify his racist comments on the aboriginal residential schools “.


“Once again, Mrs. Beyak has not been up to the standards of ethical basis, and as senator, she has no accountability for its actions “, he complained, asking “all parliamentarians to unite to demand” that the senator be placed at the door.


In 2017, the senator has never corrected its statements, has accused the media of misinformation and has always hammered that it was in the upper room, to stay there.


Invited to comment on the use of resources to the senate by senator Beyak, a spokesperson for the Senate, Alison Korn, argued that ” every senator is responsible for the content that he and his staff choose to publish on its own website “.


“The Senate provides limited services to the senators for their website, including templates and Web hosting for their personal use, in the framework of the package of administrative resources at the disposal of all the senators,” she explained.


On the fifth wheel last spring


Lynn Beyak was left on the harness for the first time last spring by declaring, in a speech to the upper house, that there were good intentions behind residential schools.


These words were shocked, and several elected officials in Ottawa had requested that the senator is forced out of the conservative caucus. At the time, the party’s interim leader, Rona Ambrose, had reacted by depriving it of the seat that she occupied the senate committee on aboriginal peoples.


A few months later, the senator returned, suggesting, in a letter published on its website, that aboriginal people were not canadian citizens. “Trade in your certificate of status of [indian] against the canadian citizenship […] “, she wrote.


Minister Bennett had then challenged the leader of the conservatives, Andrew Scheer, to exclude Lynn Beyak of the caucus of the party ; the same claim had been made by the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde.


The leader of the official opposition had refused to do so, but he had insisted, in a statement forwarded by a spokesperson, on the fact that the statements of the senator reflected ” in nothing to the thought of the leader or of the party “.


In the Senate, the declarations had been treated as an issue of “internal” and “a set of measures that will guide the senator in the future” had been adopted, according to what had been reported to the honourable senator Larry Smith.


“We consider this case closed “, had sliced through the leader of the conservatives in the upper chamber, in a report submitted last September.