Cree Saskatchewan senator apologizes for ‘white man’ comment directed at aboriginal MP

Lillian Dyck

LA RONGE, Sask. – Senator Lillian Dyck is apologizing for suggesting an aboriginal Conservative MP from northern Saskatchewan was behaving like a “white man” during a debate in the Senate earlier this month.

Dyck, who is also Cree and from Saskatchewan, says she was exasperated during discussions Dec. 9 on a private member’s bill from Rob Clarke to replace the Indian Act.

“That was kind of an off-the-cuff remark,” she said. “I was standing up speaking, and because I was so exasperated, I said that without really thinking it through,” she said.

She said she realizes the comment directed at Clarke as he tried to push through the bill insulted not only him, but also some others.

“It appears that I have unintentionally offended some men who self-identify as white and for that I apologize. Not all white men are boastful. That’s the comment I made about his behaviour when I used the term ‘white man.”‘

But Dyck also said she feels Clarke’s request for an apology is a “political manoeuvre”…

Some background: Lillian Eva Quan Dyck (born August 24, 1945) is a Canadian senator from Saskatchewan. She was appointed to the Senate on the recommendation of Prime Minister Paul Martin on March 24, 2005. Upon appointment, Dyck wished to sit as a New Democratic Party senator, but NDP spokesperson Karl Belanger immediately indicated that the party would not recognize her as a member of the NDP caucus: as the party platform specifically favours abolition of the Senate, it refused to confer legitimacy on the body by accepting Dyck; additionally, Dyck’s membership in the NDP was revealed to have lapsed… (Wiki).

On Clarke: Robert G. “Rob” Clarke (born March 2, 1967) is a politician and career Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer. He was the Conservative Party of Canada’s candidate in Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River for the March 17, 2008 federal by-election in which he defeated Liberal candidate Joan Beatty.

A member of the Muskeg Lake First Nation, he grew up in Quesnel, British Columbia. At the time of his election to the Canadian House of Commons he had been a member of the RCMP for 17 years, all of which have been spent in Saskatchewan, and has attained the rank of sergeant. (Wiki)

Delicious!  Leftist native accuses Conservative native of acting like a ‘white man’ (she must consider that to be serious insult).  

Note that she accepted the appointment as a senator even if it meant abandoning the NDP.   For non-Canadian readers: the Canadian Senate is unelected —and is heavily used for handing out political rewards to party hacks. It is controversial — so much so that the NDP (left of US Democrats, somewhat like UK Labour) wants to do away with it.