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Dryden Senator Lynn Beyak isn’t holding back. Following her being kicked out of Conservative Caucus, she has sent an open letter to Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.

She was kicked off of caucus following her posting letters on her Senate website that were deemed as inappropriate by Scheer. The letters were from people who wrote to her with their personal stories of “how going to a residential school was a positive experience for them.”

In a statement, Scheer noted that he asked Beyak to remove the letters, in support of her earlier defence of residential schools. Scheer says that Beyak refused. 

The statement reads: “As a result of her actions, the Conservative Senate Leader Larry Smith and I have removed Senator Lynn Beyak from the Conservative National Caucus. Promoting this comment is offensive and unacceptable for a Conservative Parliamentarian. Racism will not be tolerated in the Conservative Caucus or Conservative Party of Canada,” said Scheer. 

In Beyak’s letter, she says that Scheer never spoke with her or anyone in her office about the letters that were posted, and that she never refused to remove the content.

"Senator Beyak admitted that she intentionally posted racist correspondence about Indigenous Canadians to her Parliamentary website,” said Scheer.

“That statement is completely false. I would never say or do such a thing,” says Beyak. “I believe our website has given Canadians a voice for free speech. Many citizens, Indigenous and non-indigenous alike, from coast to coast; have written to my office expressing their views. Isn't it interesting that when the media should be focused on Justin Trudeau's ethics violations and Joshua Boyle's alleged ties to the taxpayer compensated Khadr family, that old letters, on the website for months without controversy, are used to bait opposition leadership,” she said.

Beyak continues, saying that Scheer is an “inexperienced leader who doesn’t adequately consider other viewpoints. We deserve better leadership other than the current choices, who are mired in, or hampered by, political correctness,” says Beyak.

Beyak says that she will “continue to post ideas, stories, research and wisdom of the people, who recognize that enough is enough and it is time for a change.”

For more information:
Senator Lynn Beyak – Open letter to Andrew Scheer
Beyak kicked off caucus

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