Senate suspends Lynn Beyak over refusal to remove racist letters about Indigenous people from website - 2019-05-09

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F132.png Senate suspends Lynn Beyak over refusal to remove racist letters about Indigenous people from website May 9, 2019, Michelle Zilio, Globe and Mail

The Senate voted Thursday to suspend Senator Lynn Beyak from the Red Chamber over her refusal to remove racist letters about Indigenous people from her website.

Senators voted on division – meaning, without unanimous consent – to adopt the recommendations of a Senate ethics committee report calling for Ms. Beyak to be suspended without pay for the remainder of the current parliamentary session. Ms. Beyak has rebuffed repeated demands to remove five letters posted to her Senate website that have been widely described as racist toward Indigenous people.

The ethics committee report, released last month, also recommended that Ms. Beyak apologize to the Senate and attend − at her own expense − "educational programs related to racism toward Indigenous peoples in Canada." In the case that Ms. Beyak refuses to remove the letters, the committee called on the Senate administration to do so.

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