The Speaker of Canada’s House of Commons, Anthony Rota, has resigned after invited a Nazi veteran to be present in Parliament and attend the speech of the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, and to be honored.
“The work of this House is above all of us. As such, I must resign from my position as President of this Chamber,” announced the President of the Chamber, reiterating his “deep regret” for the error committed.
Anthony Rota acknowledged that the invitation addressed to the Nazi veteran “caused suffering to individuals and communities, including the Jewish community in Canada and around the world, as well as survivors of Nazi atrocities in Poland, among other countries.“.
“I accept full responsibility for my actions,” he concluded.
After Volodymyr Zelensky’s speech in the Canadian Parliament, deputies gave Yaroslav Hunka a standing ovation, a 98-year-old World War II veteran who fought for the Ukrainian First Division. However, This division was a volunteer unit that fought alongside Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime..
Rota had already apologized for the incident and met with party leaders in the House of Commons., after two opposition parties called for his resignation on Monday, citing a lack of political trust. Also The government called for the resignation of the Speaker of the House of Commons.
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