Senator Lynn Beyak, who had been appointed on the same date in 2013 by the Conservative government of Stephen Harper, announced her retirement from the Senate on Monday, flaying the Canadian political system in the process.
“As my term draws to a close, I encourage Canadians who know right from wrong, and right from wrong, to have the courage to stand up and contribute to your municipality, your province and your country. It is a dark period of politics, because the real leaders who will defend their convictions and those of their constituents seem non-existent, ”she says.
Ms. Beyak, a businesswoman from Dryden, Ont., Had drawn attention to some controversy related to comments made about Aboriginal people during her visit to Ottawa.
In 2017, the senator said that the residential schools, set up to assimilate the various indigenous peoples of the country, were first set up with “good intentions” at the start. She subsequently posted letters from citizens defending her position on her webpage, prompting Andrew Scheer to exclude her from the national Conservative caucus.
Despite the controversies, Lynn Beyak leaves the Senate with the same positions.
“Some have criticized me for saying that the good, like the bad, of residential schools should be recognized,” she wrote. I stand by that statement. Others criticized me for saying that the Truth and Reconciliation report was not as balanced as it should be. I also stand by this assertion. ”
Lynn Beyak has been suspended twice from the Senate for discriminating against Indigenous people.