Senator may face ethics investigation relating to letters promoting hatred against Indigenous people

There's a movement afoot to see if Senator Lynn Beyak could face an ethics investigation to determine if letters on her Senate website promote hatred against Indigenous people.

Several of Beyak's colleagues have requested a review by the Senate's ethics officer, following the newly independent senator's refusal to remove the offending letters from her parliamentary website.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer booted Beyak from his party's caucus last week after, he said, she'd rejected his request to delete the letters.

On Monday, five independent senators wrote to Senate ethics officer Pierre Legault, asking him to determine if the letters promote hatred or racism, and whether Beyak's actions reflect poorly on the Senate or on her as a senator.

The five, all of whom were appointed in 2016, said they support free speech but that freedom does not include the right to promote hatred or racist sentiments.

The letters were written in support of Beyak's contention that the residential school system, widely condemned as abusive, actually did some good.