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The Senate committee says Lynn Beyak must be suspended above the racist letters


Senate committee recommends that Senator Lin Beyak be removed from the upper chamber to the rest of the parliamentary session after Ontario senator refused to remove the sheets located on its website, which has been widely condemned as a racist.

The report introduced Tuesday, the Senate Ethics Committee said permission on Beyak for ignoring the demands of the Senate Ethics would be a long break from the camera. The report of the committee, Beyak «wins from time from the Senate to get an additional perspective on the privilege of serving in Canada, the upper chamber of senators and responsibilities during such a service."

"Your Committee stresses the suras & # 39; oznasts this issue and its deep disappointment at the conduct of Senator Beyak, which has a negative impact on it, all the senators and the Senate as a whole," the report said.

"In its recommendations, the Committee has examined in detail the impact of the behavior Beyak senator had the Senate as an institution, on the public perception of the Senate and the public, as well as its impact on the individual senators, including her."

Beyak said she believes that the letters – some of which describe indigenous people lazy, opportunistic, pampered and inept, -. Not racist, but "edgy and opinionated" She said that they & # 39 are part of a wide-ranging discussion, she is trying to promote in Canada the positive experience of the students of the boarding school.

For a suspension – which will include salaries Beyak content and access to all resources of the Senate – the Committee would also recommend it to complete "educational programs related to racism against indigenous peoples in Canada," at his own expense, to apologize to the Senate in writing and remove from her website a letter with a picture of racist content.

Senate Administration should be directed to remove the five letters from her site, if it does not remove their own, according to the report.

If it is not quickly perform corrective measures offered to them, the committee proposes "it will be in the Senate in the future to consider the options for further action."

Instead of recommending to open expulsion – as it was with Don Meredith over the corresponding Senator relationship with a teenage girl – ethics committee recommends expulsion limited in time for Beyak. As it was with Senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Vallini and Patrick Brazeau, who had been suspended during the last parliament against the background of allegations of impropriety with claims costs, Beyak will be free to sit in the upper house of parliament, when he returns after the next federal election.

The Senate as a whole must now vote on whether to accept the recommendation of the Ethics Committee.

Report submitted by the Committee, with the & # 39 is co-chaired by Conservative Senator Reynell Endrichek and Liberal Senator Serge Zhoyal, said he found the behavior Beyak in "wanting a few ways" – its inability to admit openly discriminatory language in the letters it is published on the website of the taxpayer funded, and its decision to openly ignore the process of implementation of the ethics of the Senate, refusing to carry out his orders to remove the letters and ask for forgiveness, to avoid further penalties.

The screenshot shows the personal website of the Senate Senator Lin Beyaka in. (

The report said the committee found their own interaction with the senator and her office is trying especially since Beyak answered only to their requests for comment after the "repeated follow-up committee clerk."

"For these reasons, your Committee recommends that Beyak senator will not be removed from the Senate before the end of the current parliament with certain conditions," reads the report of the committee.

Independent Manitoba Senator Murray Sinclair, former Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and a member of the committee, which has recommended the suspension of Beyak, said Tuesday the committee made a number of "smart" recommendation for the upper chamber to consider.

At least one said Senator, one suspension may not be sufficient as a sanction. In an interview with & # 39; th power and CBC policy in an independent Quebec senator P & # 39; er Dalphond said Beyak should be considered resigned from the place as a whole.

"I think it's time for this," he said in an interview with & # 39; nd Vassy Kapelos. "I think she's done that with the & # 39 is disrespect to the Senate. I am glad to see that it is not stopped before the end of this Parliament, and I think that it should suras & # 39; ozna think … it's time to do the honorable thing and maybe going on.

"It must, as a senator, ask yourself some basic questions. What is my contribution to the Senate? And what will be my contribution to the future? Perhaps the honorable thing to move on. "

Minister for Relations with the crown-root Carolyn Bennett launched a social media campaign of its kind, after the Ethics Officer has published its report on the issue last month – tweeting daily, Beyak must remove hateful letters.

"I would like to thank the Senate of strong recommendations. I think this is very important. In the end, these racist messages will come down, "Bennett said today.

"I think she should not be suspended until the end of the session. It should be trained in issues around security and indigenous cultural awareness at their own expense. "

"I think most reasonable senators. I think that for the convenience of the Senate and the reputation of this institution … we need to look carefully at what the committee recommended and to go forward with this, " Sinclair He said.

After a year probe, the Senate Ethics P & # 39; er Lego found Beyak received more than 6,766 emails and letters from members of the public after CBC News first reported on his statement in March 2017, in which she defended the "good intentions" of the teacher boarding school and punish the TRC, because he "does not focus on the good" in his study of the system.

Most of these emails and letters – 4282 of them – criticized her speech, while 2389 have been described Legault in support of Senator positive sentiment about the residential school system.

One sheet is available on the website Beyak says indigenous peoples "should be very grateful" for the dormitories.

Other authors have used derogatory language and stereotypes to describe indigenous people and their stories.

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