The Honourable Senator Lillian Eva Dyck
For immediate release
December 18, 2014
MP Rob Clarke should apologize to First Nations
The following media release is based on letters to the
editor of four newspapers which I submitted on December 12
Several newspapers have reported that Member of Parliament
Rob Clarke (Desnethé — Missinippi — Churchill
has asked me to apologize to him for stating that he was
displaying behavior that could be interpreted as boastful
and 'White man' behavior. These brief comments, included in
my extensive third reading speech in the Senate, may have
unintentionally offended some men, who unlike Mr. Clarke,
self-identify as 'White'; for that I apologize. I did not
mean to imply that all white men are boastful.
Mr. Clarke's request for an apology from me is a political
manoeuvre to deflect attention from the numerous and serious
defects in his bill. As the Senate critic of his bill, I
outlined these in detail in my third reading speech, but I
also proposed amendments to fix them.
Most egregiously, he failed to include consultation with
First Nations and affirmation of Aboriginal and treaty
rights in his bill, Bill C-428: An Act to amend the
Indian Act (publication of bylaws) and to provide for its
replacement. My amendments would have ensured that
First Nations would be consulted and that their
constitutional rights would be protected in legislation
arising from his bill to replace the Indian Act.
It is MP Rob Clarke who ought to apologize - to First
Nations people for not including the accommodation or
protection of their rights in his bill or in the future
application of his bill.
Lillian Dyck’s Office