MP Don Rusnak, Thunder Bay — Rainy River

The MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River is welcoming the removal of Sen. Lynn Beyak from the Senate committee on Aboriginal Peoples.

Don Rusnak says Beyak’s comments made last month, calling the work of men and women at residential schools “good deeds,” were ignorant and harmful, and have no place in Canada.

“We welcome the Leader of the Official Opposition, the Honourable Rona Ambrose’s decision to remove Senator Beyak from the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, and we wish to thank all those who came forward to voice their concern and call for her removal,” Rusnak said Thursday.

He said the Indigenous Liberal Caucus, which Rusnak leads, invited Beyak to discuss the topic, but Beyak continued to defend her comments and has refused to meet with the caucus.

Rusnak said Ambrose reminded that it was former prime minister Stephen Harper who formally apologized for the federal government’s role in the residential school system, so that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission could be struck.

“In 2017, the House of Commons stands united, across party lines, in its efforts to confront the horrific legacy of the residential school system and the systematic abuse of Indigenous children,” Rusnak said.

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