Local leaders are calling for Dryden Senator Lynn Beyak’s resignation.
Beyak was kicked off of Conservative Caucus following her posting letters on her Senate website that were deemed as inappropriate by Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. The letters were from people who wrote to her with their personal stories of “how going to a residential school was a positive experience for them.”
The Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Grand Council Treaty #3 have launched a petition and website calling for Beyak’s resignation, and if she continues to refuse, her removal from Senate. The website is asking citizens sign the petition asking for her resignation, or to contact Beyak and express your concerns.
Treaty #3 Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh says that he is ‘gravely concerned’ about Beyak’s comments.
“On behalf of the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty #3, I would like to express my profound disappointment with your recent comments, again, and the lack of judgment you exercised in making those comments. As a Senator who has resided within the Treaty #3 territory, I am gravely concerned about your lack of understanding. You continue to speak about something you clearly know nothing about,” he said, in a prepared statement.
Kenora MP Bob Nault is also expressing his concern about Beyak’s ‘ongoing efforts to downplay the impact of residential schools on Indigenous peoples.’
“Senator Beyak is grossly mistaken as she continues trying to defend her misinformed views about Indigenous peoples and residential school survivors. There is absolutely no defence or justification for the harm and injustice she is causing. Senator Beyak’s severely misguided perspectives fly in the face of the government’s goal of reconciliation and only serves to further divide Canadians. Senator Beyak’s decision to selectively publish only letters of support regarding residential schools on her website is unacceptable. Having finally been removed from the Conservative National Caucus by the Leader of the Conservative Party, Andrew Scheer, I strongly encourage Senator Beyak to seriously re-evaluate her capacity to represent her constituents and step down,” Nault said, in a prepared release.
The Prime Minister cannot fire or remove a member of the Senate. A Senator might be forced to resign or be removed by her caucus because of public pressure.