Anthony Rota has announced his resignation as the Speaker of Canada’s House of Commons on Tuesday following a row over inviting Nazi military in the parliament, according to Xinhua.
After Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian President, addressed the Canadian parliament on Friday, the Canadian lawmakers had given a standing ovation to Yaroslav Hunka, a 98-year-old Ukrainian Canadian.
During the weekend it came into limelight that Hunka was part of Nazi militant group that fought for Ukrainian independence during the Second World War, it further said.
As standing ovation to a member of Nazi unit sparked anger, Rota regretting his error of recognizing an individual said “No one in this House is above any of us. Therefore, I must step down as your speaker.”
Xinhua further writes, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also lamented the parliament’s accidental standing ovation to the Nazi veteran, calling the incident “extremely upsetting.”