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e-1305 (Senate)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Alvin Fiddler from Thunder Bay, Ontario, on October 27, 2017, at 4:02 p.m. (EDT)
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Aboriginal residential schools
Beyak, Lynn
Senate and senators
Termination of employment
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • On March 7, 2017, Senator Lynn 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; and
  • Senator Beyak’s comments are extremely offensive to not only Residential School Survivors but to all First Nations people. In a day where First Nations people and federal, provincial and municipal governments strive to reconcile our shared history, there is no room for the narrow-minded and dangerous views for a member of the Senate of Canada to have as they approve laws governing the country.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to take steps to remove Lynn Beyak from her position as Senator.
Timmins—James Bay
NDP
Ontario
Petition presented to the House of Commons on April 30, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02288)
Government response tabled on June 13, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-02)
Open for signature : October 27, 2017, at 4:02 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : February 24, 2018, at 4:02 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
364
British Columbia
628
Manitoba
297
New Brunswick
40
Newfoundland and Labrador
37
Northwest Territories
11
Nova Scotia
75
Nunavut
10
Ontario
2105
Prince Edward Island
17
Quebec
181
Saskatchewan
135
Yukon
14
Other Countries
14
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