Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Beyak Pressed to Leave Senate Aboriginal Committee after Controversial Comment

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Beyak Pressed to Leave Senate Aboriginal Committee after Controversial Comment

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Senator pressed to leave aboriginal committee

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OTTAWA - The chairwoman of the Senate committee on aboriginal people is asking a Conservative senator to rethink her place on the committee after she said there were positive aspects to Canada's residential school system.

Conservative Lynn Beyak made the comments last week in the upper chamber, saying that the government-funded, church-operated schools where indigenous children endured widespread sexual and physical abuse were not all bad.

Committee chairwoman Lillian Eva Dyck says Beyak's comments were seen as being ill-informed and insensitive, especially to the survivors of residential schools and their descendants.

Dyck says her office has been inundated with phone calls and emails asking her to remove Beyak from the committee, a power that she does not have under the rules of the Senate. …

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