More calls for senator to resign


Two more groups have joined the chorus of calls for Conservative Sen. Lynn Beyak to resign.
The Liberal Indigenous caucus reaffirmed its call for her to resign from the Senate, and also called on Opposition leader Andrew Scheer to remove Sen. Beyak from the Conservative caucus immediately.
It said Sen. Beyak’s latest open letter demonstrates her ignorance regarding indigenous issues and human rights.
“Her comments are offensive to all Canadians and harmful to the process of reconciliation that the government has undertaken,” the Liberal Indigenous caucus said in a press release.
“It is unacceptable for any member of Canada’s Parliament to use their position to promote outdated and misguided views of indigenous peoples,” the caucus added.
The Liberal Indigenous caucus previously called for Sen. Beyak’s dismissal from the Conservative caucus, and removal from the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, following her comments in March regarding the residential school system.
While the caucus recognizes her recent removal from all Senate committees, it said it’s unacceptable that she remain a member of the Conservative caucus and remain a sitting senator.
Meanwhile, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario joined calls from Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde that Sen. Beyak should resign or be expelled from caucus by the Conservative leader.
“Sen. Beyak has had ample time to demonstrate a basic understanding of indigenous peoples since her appalling comments on residential schools,” ETFO president Sam Hammond said in a press release issued yesterday.
“To continue to promote blatantly untrue information, such as denying the citizenship of indigenous peoples in Canada, is inexcusable,” he stressed.
The ETFO said it is committed to the recommendations made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Its work includes developing curriculum resources and other materials for educators from kindergarten-Grade 8 that introduce First Nations, Métis, and Inuit histories and realities in age-appropriate ways.