Lynn Beyak, ousted from Tory caucus, goes after 'inexperienced' Scheer

THE CANADIAN PRESS

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Lynn Beyak has blasted Tory Leader Andrew Scheer as "inexperienced" and disputed his version of events that led to her exile.

In it, Scheer said he demanded Beyak remove some of the comments, but she refused.

The senator, who's now an Independent, said she found out about her removal in Scheer's media statement sent late Thursday.

"Talking points from his office also declared: 'Senator Beyak admitted that she intentionally posted racist correspondence about Indigenous Canadians to her Parliamentary website.' That statement is completely false".

Beyak now says that neither she, nor anyone in her office spoke with Scheer or anyone on his staff about removing the letter.

"A good leader would never have fallen for such a ploy, but when an inexperienced leader wins by a small margin, and does not adequately consider other viewpoints, some wisdom and common sense are lost", she said.

"We deserve better leadership other than the current choices, who are mired in, or hampered by, political correctness".

Beyak drew the ire of Canada's Indigenous community past year with a pair of inflammatory statements that indicated she believes some good came out of the failed residential school system and later suggested that Aboriginals should trade in their status cards for citizenship cards.

Beyak suggested that, as an independent senator, she will continue to post the views of Canadians who "recognize that enough is enough" and share her position that money won't fix the problems plaguing Indigenous communities.

"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.

"I think it's something we welcome", Fiddler said. She also advised them to practise their culture "with their own dime".

However, residential school survivor Garnet Angeconeb told HuffPost Canada he flagged the letters to Scheer and Larry Smith, the Conservative leader in the Senate, in September.

Beyak was appointed to the Senate in 2013 by former prime minister Stephen Harper.

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