Saskatchewan senator apologizes for 'white man' comment to MP

Lillian Dyck says she was speaking off the cuff and did not mean to offend

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 on a private member’s bill from Rob Clarke to replace the Indian Act.

She says she was speaking off the cuff and she certainly did not mean to offend anyone.

She says she realizes the comment hurt Clarke and some men who self-identify as white.

But she also says she feels Clarke’s request for an apology is what she called a “political manoeuvre.”

Dyck says she will be more careful in the future because comments can be taken out of context.

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