Just days after Derek Sloan was ejected from the Conservative caucus, controversial Senator Lynn Beyak has been forced into retirement. Beyak sparked a firestorm over her comments on Indian Residential Schools which were branded racist; but were they?
Senator Beyak’s sin was publicly stating that the boarding schools, forced on indigenous children, were “well intentioned”. She also complained the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which investigated the issue was not balanced. Supporters Tweeted questions about welfare for indigenous people and criticized constantly looking backward (Twitter comments from Global News below).
Criticism is not equivalent to racism. The Residential Schools were a mistake, but they were also investigated, studied and documented. There was a national apology and compensation to the tune of $1.9-billion for individuals. The T&R Report has resulted in renaming buildings and landmarks and tearing down statues. What’s needed may be an attack on Canadian symbols, but a spirit of forgiveness.
True reconciliation is impossible when one side is exempt from scrutiny, and when discussion is cancelled.
Anytime anyone is paid to come up with a story of how they were mistreated as a child, the entire story loses creditability. What we used to call tall tales from the older folks is now considered the gospel truth if spoken by an Indian.
The slap on the ass for throwing rocks at the kid next door now becomes a mental destroyer throughout the kid's life. Right!
The leftist media thrive on this nonsense.
So far, this has been shown to be a lose-lose situation for everyone involved.