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CanadaLynn Beyak suspended from Senate after refusing to remove racist letters from website

00:31  10 may  2019
00:31  10 may  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Senate committee says Lynn Beyak should be suspended over racist letters

Senate committee says Lynn Beyak should be suspended over racist letters A Senate committee is recommending Sen. Lynn Beyak be suspended from the upper house for the rest of this parliamentary session after the Ontario senator refused to take down letters hosted on her website that have been widely condemned as racist. In a report tabled Tuesday, the Senate ethics committee said an appropriate sanction against Beyak for ignoring the Senate ethics officer's demands would be an extended break from the chamber.

Lynn Beyak has been suspended from the Senate for the remainder of this parliamentary session after declining to remove letters from her website that have been widely condemned as racist , and for refusing to apologize for posting them. In a 15-minute speech to the Red Chamber Thursday

Lynn Beyak had refused to remove supporters' letters that an ethics inquiry ruled to be racist . A Canadian senator has been suspended after posting on her website letters from supporters In January 2018, Ms Beyak was removed from the Conservative Party's caucus over the remarks and

Lynn Beyak suspended from Senate after refusing to remove racist letters from website © Senate/Sencanada.ca Sen. Lynn Beyak says the bad aspects of the residential school system has overshadowed the good.

Ontario-based Sen. Lynn Beyak has been suspended from the Senate after failing take racially charged letters about Indigenous People on her website.

Beyak has been suspended without pay for the duration of the current Parliament.

Last week, the ethics commissioner recommended the senator's suspension and recommended that Beyak attend educational programs at her own expense regarding racism towards Indigenous People in Canada.

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Lynn Beyak be suspended from the upper house for the rest of this parliamentary session after the Committee drops the boom after Beyak refused to remove letters describing Indigenous Senator Lynn Beyak in a still from a March 27, 2017 video. The Senate ethics committee is recommending

The letters Beyak posted to her webpage were sent to her after CBC News reported on comments she made about the Indian residential school system in March 2017. In the months that followed, she posted some of those letters to her official Senate webpage and refused to retract her comments.

Ethics officer Pierre Legault concluded in March that five of the letters contained racist content, suggesting that Indigenous People are lazy, and chronic whiners who are milking the residential schools issue to get government handouts.

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The controversy first came to light after Beyak published over 100 "letters of support" on her senate website, with many containing offensive language towards Indigenous Peoples.

Beyak has insisted that the letters, which were posted in response to a 2018 speech in which she argued that residential schools did a lot of good for Indigenous children, are not racist.

Beyak was appointed to the Senate in 2013 by former prime minister Stephen Harper. She was kicked out of the Conservative caucus last year over her refusal to remove the letters from her website.

She'll be able to resume sitting as a senator when a new session begins the following Oct. 21.

--With files from the Canadian Press.

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