Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak persists and signs. After repeatedly interviewing the CBC on Monday that the residential schools were good, the senator refused to give up her seat on the Senate committee on Aboriginal peoples.
Lillian Eva Dyck, chair of the committee, said on arrival at the committee meeting Tuesday morning that the situation was “strange”.
Senator Beyak refused to answer questions from the many journalists who were waiting for her at the door of the committee. She simply let go of what her comments of the previous day “held”.
It was during a debate in the Senate chamber at the beginning of the month that Senator Beyak made, for the first time, the statements she was criticized for.
“People who once played a role in Indian Residential Schools, some of whom may be your ancestors, were mostly good intentions, and we should forgive those for whom it was not,” she said. Asserted then.
Since then, several have demanded his resignation from the Senate.
New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash, a residential school survivor, was among his most critical critics, reminding him that the residential school experience was a “cultural genocide.”
“In my opinion, to say that residential schools were a good thing, that it was not malicious as an institution, it is tantamount to saying that what Hitler did to the Jews was not malicious” , He had denounced.
Aboriginal groups, including the Assembly of First Nations, offered the senator a better understanding of the history of Indian Residential Schools. The Anglican Church joined in the reproach, again asking for forgiveness for the role of the Church in the residential schools.
Senator Beyak, in an interview with CBC on Monday, said she already knew enough about the subject and did not need to hone her education.
Mrs. Beyak, appointed in 2013 by Stephen Harper, refuses to leave her seat in the Senate. As for his chair on the Senate committee on Aboriginal peoples, only the Conservative leadership could take it away from him, as this power is not in the hands of the chair of the committee.