Sen. Lynn Beyak denies Scheer asked her to remove online comments
Sen. Lynn Beyak denies that Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer asked her to remove letters from her Senate website supporting her view on the residential school system before kicking her out of caucus.
The senator, who's now an Independent, said she found out about her removal in Scheer's media statement.
"Contrary to his statement, that he asked me to remove content and I refused, neither I nor my staff ever spoke with Andrew Scheer or anyone from his office, at any time," said Beyak in a statement on Monday.
"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 then went after Scheer's record as leader.
"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. We deserve better leadership other than the current choices, who are mired in, or hampered by, political correctness."
Scheer said some of the comments on Beyak's website were "simply racist."
"To suggest that Indigenous Canadians are lazy compared to other Canadians, is simply racist," he said in a statement.
"Racism will not be tolerated in the Conservative caucus or Conservative Party of Canada."
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