Trudeau apologizes for honoring Nazi unit soldier in Canadian Parliament


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized for honoring a man who fought for a Nazi unit during World War II in the Canadian Parliament. The incident drew global condemnation with the opposition calling it the “biggest diplomatic embarrassment” in the country’s history. Trudeau is already under pressure due to the country’s deteriorating relations with India over the killing of a Khalistani separatist in Canada. Trudeau said the Canadian government contacted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was in parliament during the event last week, in the wake of the incident. Russia calls its opponents in Ukraine “neo-Nazis”. Zelensky is a Jew and lost relatives in the ‘Holocaust’.

The Holocaust was a planned effort to exterminate the Jews that was carried out during World War II and resulted in the deaths of approximately 1.2 million people. Speaker Anthony Rota took responsibility for inviting 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka and resigned from his post on Tuesday. This incident has drawn global condemnation. Hunka fought with a Nazi unit during World War II. He received a standing ovation in Parliament and praised him as a Ukrainian and Canadian “hero.” Hunka served in the 14th Waffen-SS Grenadier Division, a volunteer unit composed mostly of ethnic Ukrainians under Nazi command. Members of the division are accused of murdering Polish and Jewish civilians.

However, the unit has not been found guilty of any war crimes by the tribunal. Trudeau, speaking to reporters, indicated he planned to address the House of Commons in person for the first time since the controversy broke. “It happened by mistake but it caused embarrassment to Parliament and Canada,” he said. “All those present in the House on Friday deeply regret the fact that they gave this individual a standing ovation while being totally unaware of the context,” he said, according to CTV News. It was “disgraceful” to the millions of people who died in the Holocaust, and said it was “extremely sad and painful” for the Jewish people, as well as the Polish, Romanian and LGBTQ+ communities, who were “blighted by the Nazis.” Was targeted in massacre”.

Trudeau said the speaker of the House of Commons, the lower house of Commons, “bears sole responsibility” for inviting the man and honoring him in Parliament. For the first time after the controversy, the Prime Minister personally addressed the House of Commons. Trudeau said Canada is “extremely sorry” for the incident. He called such a gross error “extremely disturbing.” “Friday’s joint session was to show our support for Ukraine against (Vladimir) Putin’s cruelty, lies and violence,” Prime Minister Trudeau said. This moment was to honor and recognize the sacrifice of Ukraine as they fight for their democracy, freedom, their language, culture and peace. Canada had supported them in the Second World War and even today it stands by this stance.

Rota’s resignation appears to have calmed some of the initial bitterness, while Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre and New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh are among those pressing Trudeau to personally apologize to Jewish advocacy groups. Are. He said that was not enough for Canadians who are embarrassed by the mistake. Polivre said inviting Hunka to take part in Zelensky’s historic address to parliament was the “biggest diplomatic embarrassment” in the country’s history. During question period, Singh asked why it took so long for Trudeau to apologize, while Poilievre said Trudeau’s apology on behalf of the country was not enough.

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