The speaker of Canada’s lower house of parliament has resigned after paying tribute to a Nazi

The Speaker of the Lower House of the Canadian Parliament, Anthony Rota, resigned this Tuesday following the international scandal he caused by inviting and honoring a former Waffen-SS Nazi fighter in the chamber last Friday.

Rota announced his decision to the Canadian government at the start of the inspection day. His resignation will take effect from Wednesday.

“This chamber is above any of us. Therefore, I have to resign from the position of president”, said Rota and once again apologized for the “mistake”.

In connection with the visit of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, who made a speech in the lower house on Friday, Rota invited 98-year-old Canadian Yarsolav Hunka to the parliament.

With Zelensky and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in attendance, and to the applause of all Canadian MPs and senators, Rota introduced Hunka as a former combatant who fought against the Soviet Union to achieve Ukrainian independence.

“We have in the hall a Ukrainian Canadian, a veteran of the Second World War, who fought for the independence of Ukraine against the Russians and continues to support the troops even at the age of 98,” he said.

But over the weekend, Canadian Jewish organizations revealed that Hunka was actually a member of the 14th SS Grenadier Division, an SS division made up of Ukrainians who fought against the Soviet Union during World War II (1939-1945).

After Hunka’s true identity was revealed, Russia, which justified its invasion of Ukraine to “denazify” the country, criticized the former Nazi’s “scandalous” presence.

For his part, Trudeau said Monday that the incident was “very embarrassing” for Canada.

Source: El Diario

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