The speaker of Canada’s House of Representatives has resigned over inviting a man who once fought for a Nazi military unit during World War II to attend a speech by the Ukrainian president.
“The work of this DPR is above all of us. Therefore, I must step down as your chairman. I repeat my deep regret for my mistake in paying tribute to someone in the DPR during President Zelenskyy’s speech in Parliament,” he explained.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a speech in the House of Commons (Lower House or DPR level) on Friday (22/9).
Canadian lawmakers moments later gave a standing ovation for 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka when House Speaker Anthony Rota announced his name. Rota introduces Hunka as a war hero who fought for the First Ukrainian Division.
It was later announced that the First Ukrainian Division was also known as the Waffen-SS Galician Division, or 14th Waffen SS Division, a volunteer unit under Nazi command. (lt/uh)