What happened in the Canadian Parliament that the speaker had to apologize?
The Parliament of Canada is once again in the news.
On September 22, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave a speech in the Parliament of Canada.
Immediately after this speech, 98-year-old Yaroslav Lyubka, who fought against Russia in the Second World War, was honored.
After drawing attention of the Speaker in the House of Commons, the MPs stood up and honored Hunka. During this, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also present.
Speaker Anthony Rota described Hunka as a war hero and said he was from the 1st Ukrainian Division.
Later, when more information came to light about Hunka, it was revealed that Hunka was in Hitler’s army and had fought on behalf of the Nazis in the Second World War.
Now the Speaker of the Canadian Parliament, Rota, has apologized for honoring Hunka.
What did the speaker of the Parliament of Canada say?
Rota said, “After the speech of the President of Ukraine, I recognized a person present in the gallery and got him respected. After this I got some more information, due to which I regret my decision.
Live in Hunka Rota area. Rota says- Canadian MPs or the Ukrainian delegation did not know anything about what I did.
In his statement he says, “I apologize to the Jews living around the world, including Canada. I take responsibility for what I did.
News agency AP tried to know Hunka’s side but could not be contacted.
Canadian MPs and Zelensky honored Hunka by raising fisted hands. Hunka present in the gallery saluted the standing ovation he received twice.
Describing Hunka as a Ukrainian and Canadian hero, Rota said – We are thankful for your services.
Ukrainian President Zelensky is in Canada. He has gone to Canada to seek more cooperation from Western countries in the ongoing war against Russia.
Putin has been calling Ukraine neo-Nazi. Although Zelensky himself is Jewish and Zelensky’s relatives were also killed in the Holocaust carried out by Hitler’s army.
What did Justin Trudeau’s office say?
When this entire incident happened, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also present in Parliament.
Conservative Party leader Pierre Poliviere has held Trudeau responsible for this incident.
“Trudeau is responsible for this incident and should apologize,” Pierre said.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh also issued a statement on Sunday condemning this incident. Singh said that even the NDP did not know about this man’s entry into Parliament or his background.
Trudeau’s office issued a statement saying Rota has taken responsibility for this entire matter. He has also apologized and it was absolutely right to do so.
According to the statement, “Justin Trudeau and the Ukrainian delegation had no knowledge of what happened inside Parliament. Neither of calling Hunka nor of honoring Hunka.
The 1st Ukrainian Division to which Hunka belonged was also called the SS 14th Waffen Division. This Voluntary unit came under the Nazis.
The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies issued a statement on Sunday saying that this division was responsible for the mass murder of innocent civilians. This unit had crossed such limits of cruelty which you cannot even imagine.
The center said in its statement, “An apology should be made to every survivor of the genocide committed by the Nazis and to every soldier who fought against the Nazis. It should also be told how this person entered the Parliament of Canada and also received the honor of standing ovation.
What the Canadian Jewish Organization said
B’nai B’rith Canada is a Jewish organization. Its number of members is around 4000.
Michael Mostyn, CEO of this organization, said, “It is insulting that the Parliament of Canada is honoring a person who once fought on behalf of the Nazis.” We expect a meaningful apology. An apology should be made to all Canadians. At the same time, it should be explained how this can happen in the center of Canada’s democracy.
All political parties in Canada were among those who honored Hunka. A Conservative Party spokesperson said the party was not aware of Hunka’s history.
A Conservative Party spokesperson said – We have learned that Hunka has a very troubling past. Trudeau’s Liberal Party should explain how this happened?
According to Canadian Jewish News, in the year 2021, the number of Jews in Canada was approximately three lakh. The number of Jews in Canada has also increased slightly compared to 2011.
The contempt for Jews began after Hitler’s Nazi Party took power in Germany in 1933.
In 1939, cases of crimes against Jews increased rapidly and by 1945, the Nazis had murdered millions of Jews.
Dominic Erle of the University of Ottawa told CBC News on Sunday that the division Hunka was in was responsible for the deaths of thousands of Ukrainian volunteers, some of whom hoped they could achieve Ukraine’s independence.
They say- There used to be only Germans in the German army. In such a situation, non-German people were put in SS divisions.
discussion on social media
While sharing Hunka’s pictures, political analyst in Canada, Ivan Kachanowski wrote, “There are also pictures of those who were honored while standing by Prime Minister Trudeau and Ukrainian President Zelensky in the Parliament of Canada. Hunka himself had published this picture of Hunka during his training period in Germany. In the third photo, the man without helmet standing near the machine gun is Hunka.
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The handle @WarClandestine wrote on social media – The 98-year-old Ukrainian immigrant who fought against Russia in the Second World War was honored in the Canadian Parliament. He also fought with the Nazis. In such a situation, the Nazis are being honored by standing in the Canadian Parliament…
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Canadian MP Karen Gould wrote on social media, “Like all other MPs, I too did not know anything about Hunka. I went to that person and also took a picture. My ancestors also suffered the genocide against the Jews. In such a situation, I would appeal to all the MPs not to do politics on this issue because it will trouble many people including me.
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