The Speaker of the House of Commons, the lower house of the Parliament of Canada, finally resigned. This information was given in a BBC report on Wednesday.
Parliament Speaker Anthony Rota last Friday praised a soldier who worked for Hitler’s Nazi forces during World War II. He was heavily criticized for this. At one stage he also made a statement asking for forgiveness. But finally resigned today.
According to the BBC report, Rota announced his resignation after a meeting with party leaders on Tuesday local time. He said, I must resign as your speaker.
He again expressed deep regret for praising the army.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were present in parliament when Rota eulogized Ukrainian 98 Yaroslav Hanka last Friday. Apart from this, Hanka was sitting in the audience in Parliament.
Rota called Hanka a ‘hero’ that day and thanked him in front of members of Parliament.
Rota later said he did not know Hanka had worked for the Nazis and had made a mistake by inviting him. Meanwhile, Trudeau said last Monday, “It’s very disturbing that this has happened.”