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Senator Lynn Beyak will not be resigning from the Senate or from any of her Senate Committees.

 

Senator Lynn Beyak will not be resigning from the Senate or from any of her Senate Committees.

The Senator extends a sincere thank you to the many Canadians, including indigenous men and women from sea to sea who have supported her this past week and have engaged in thoughtful conversation about her remarks.

 Many heard her speech in the Senate Chamber or took the time to read the entire contents in the Senate Debates of March 7, 2017.  It is encouraging that many citizens did not rely on sensationalized media sound bites and selected portions of Senator Beyak’s remarks for their information, but chose to read her remarks and make informed comments.

 The Senator’s full remarks can be read on page 2514 at:

 https://sencanada.ca/Content/SEN/Chamber/421/Debates/pdf/102db_2017-03-07-e.pdf

 Senator Beyak has been involved with indigenous issues since 1964, both personally and politically.  People who read or heard her remarks recognized that they reflect her knowledge, compassion and expertise.

 The thoughtful phone calls and letters of support are deeply appreciated by the Senator as well as the thoughtful, dissenting viewpoints.

 In this era of abbreviated sound bites and exaggerated commentary, it is good to know that well-informed citizens do their own research and fact checking in order to assess the truth about what they see and hear. They are not influenced by snippets of sentences or by the voices that would stifle debate.

 As Canadians, let us continue to engage in intelligent and informed dialogue. There are many important issues to discuss with civility and respect.

 We all live together in the greatest nation on earth because, among our other rights, we are free to speak.