Lynn Beyak is member of the Senate of Canada. She is a small-business owner in Northwestern Ontario with experience in real estate, insurance and tourism. She works in Ottawa and resides in Dryden, Ontario.
How did she become a Senator?
Senator Beyak was appointed to the Senate on January 25, 2013 by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper to represent the Province of Ontario. She was affiliated with the Conservative Party of Canada.
Why am I hearing about Senator Beyak in the news?
On March 7, 2017, Senator Beyak defended the Indian Residential School in the Senate of Canada. She stated that an“abundance of good” has come from the Residential School system, and that the schools were “well-intentioned” and “mistakes” should not overshadow “good things” that happened.
On September 1, 2017, Senator Beyak posted a letter on her website repeating her defense of the Indian Residential School System, and urged First Nation people to “Trade your status card for a Canadian citizenship.” Indigenous peoples are Canadian citizens.
Senator Beyak’s comments are extremely offensive to Residential School Survivors, their families and communities.
Many people, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, have denounced her comments and have called for her resignation or removal from the Senate, including the Mayor of Sioux Lookout, the Mayor of Winnipeg, Major of Edmonton. The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association board has also called for her resignation.
On January 4, 2018, Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer removed Senator Beyak from the Conservative Party caucus after she refused to remove racist letters and comments from her website.
What is NAN and GCT#3 doing about this?
NAN wrote a letter to Senator Beyak on March 16, 2017 asking for the Senator to retract her statements and issue a formal apology. The Senator did not reply.
On March 28, 2017, NAN and GCT#3 issued a joint press release calling for Senator Beyak to resign from the Senate of Canada.
On September 20, 2017, GCT#3 wrote a letter to the Senator asking for her resignation and calling for her immediate removal from the Senate.
On January 9, 2018, NAN and GCT#3 launched a petition and website calling for the Senator’s resignation, and if she continues to refuse, her removal from the Senate.
What can I do?
The Prime Minister cannot fire or remove a member of the Senate. A Senator might be forced to resign or be removed by her caucus because of public pressure by concerned citizens.
All concerned citizens, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, who feel that the Senator’s comments are hurtful and not appropriate for a representative of the Parliament of Canada can:
- Sign the petition for the Senator’s resignation
- Call the Senator asking her to resign
- E-mail the Senator asking her to resign
- Write or fax a letter to the Senator asking her to resign
- Visit her website and leave a comment asking her to resign
- Download the Resignation Petition, print it, and collect as many signatures as possible. Fax or mail her office the completed petition. Remember – there’s power in numbers. Let our voices be heard.
How to Contact Senator Lynn Beyak:
Hon. Lynn Beyak
The Senate of Canada