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UPDATED | Sen. Lynn Beyak announces immediate retirement

Facing a call for her colleagues to expel her from the Senate, Sen. Lynn Beyak has announced her early retirement. Her decision to leave follows a commitment to only serve eight years in the upper chamber, she said.

Senator Lynn Beyak waits for the Speech from the Throne to being in the Senate in Ottawa, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Sen. Lynn Beyak is denying she ever claimed to be Metis. She issued a two-line statement today saying the media have reported that she is Metis but she says she has never been a member of the Indigenous nation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick