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Beyak irked by committee ouster

OTTAWA—Conservative Sen. Lynn Beyak says her party's decision to sanction her for comments about Canada's residential school history amounts to a threat to freedom of speech.

In a statement released yesterday, Beyak, who was removed Wednesday from the Senate committee on Aboriginal Peoples, says political correctness is “stifling opinion and thoughtful conversation.”

Senator slammed for residential school view

OTTAWA—Conservative MPs distanced themselves from one of their own yesterday after a Tory senator suggested there were positive aspects to Canada's residential school system.

Caucus members, including Tory indigenous affairs critic Cathy McLeod, made it clear they do not support or agree with Sen. Lynn Beyak, appointed to the upper chamber by former prime minister Stephen Harper.