Members of the Canadian Parliament condemned Nazism in all its manifestations after the scandal surrounding the honoring of the veteran of the SS Galicia division Yaroslav Hunka, who was invited to the country’s parliament on September 22, transmits CTV News.
Members of Parliament supported the proposal of Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet to “condemn Nazism in all its forms and express full solidarity with all victims, past and present.” At the same time, parliamentarians also “withdrew any tribute” to Hunke.
“If any parliamentarian knew in advance who he was being asked to stand and applaud, not a single person would support him,” said Karina Gould, leader of the Canadian government in the House of Commons.
On September 22, 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka (Hunko) was present at a meeting of the Canadian Parliament with the participation of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, he was presented as a war hero who fought for the First Ukrainian Division. Later, Speaker of the House of Commons Anthony Rota, who invited Gunko, apologized “to every Holocaust survivor and World War II veteran.” Russian Embassy in Ottawa statedwhich will send a note to the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the honoring of the veteran of the SS Galicia division.
The Kremlin considered the incident outrageous. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov named “sloppy” is such an attitude towards memory, noting that many Western countries have “raised a younger generation that does not know who fought whom or what happened during the Second World War.”
After the incident, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Arkadiusz Mularczyk demanded Rota’s resignation. He recalled that Waffen-SS soldiers were representatives of “the most criminal German units” and committed mass brutal murders, primarily of Poles and Jews. They are also known for crimes against Belarusians and Slovaks. On September 27 it became known that Anthony Rota will leave resign as Speaker of the House of Commons.