KENORA – POLITICS – Bob Nault, Member of Parliament (Kenora riding), issued the following statement regarding Senator Lynn Beyak’s ongoing efforts to downplay the impact of residential schools on Indigenous peoples:
“As I have previously stated, Senator Beyak is grossly mistaken as she continues trying to defend her misinformed views about Indigenous peoples and residential school survivors. There is absolutely no defense or justification for the harm and injustice she is causing.
“I remain steadfast in my support for survivors and Indigenous peoples throughout the riding and across the country. Senator Beyak’s severely misguided perspectives fly in the face of the government’s goal of reconciliation and only serves to further divide Canadians.
“As the Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding, with 42 First Nation communities, the heartbreaking stories I have heard throughout the years have negatively impacted generations of First Nations people. Senator Beyak’s decision to selectively publish only letters of support regarding residential schools on her website is unacceptable.
“Having finally been removed from the Conservative National Caucus by Leader of the Conservative Party, Andrew Scheer, I strongly encourage Senator Beyak to seriously re-evaluate her capacity to represent her constituents and step down.”