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By Joan Bryden The Canadian Press

Aline Chretien shunned limelight but played influential role in private

OTTAWA - Aline Chretien may have been the most influential political figure Canadians never knew.

She was often seen at political events - a petite, elegant figure standing demurely at the side of her gregarious husband, former prime minister Jean Chretien - but was seldom heard. At least not publicly.

Beyak suspended from Senate over refusal to delete racist letters from website

OTTAWA—Lynn Beyak cast herself as a defender of free speech and a victim of political correctness moments before senators voted summarily yesterday to suspend her without pay from the Senate for refusing to delete derogatory letters about Indigenous people from her website.