The speaker of Canada’s Parliament resigned this Tuesday following the scandal caused by his tribute to a Ukrainian veteran, who apparently fought with the Nazis in World War II, during the recent visit to the country of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“It is with a heavy heart that I rise to inform members of my resignation as speaker of the House of Commons,” Anthony Rota told his parliamentary colleagues.
“I accept full responsibility for my actions”he continued, assuring that his resignation will take effect late Wednesday.
Last Friday, during Zelensky’s visit, Rota paid tribute to Yaroslav Hunka, a 98-year-old Ukrainian immigrant.
He hailed Hunka as “a Ukrainian-Canadian war veteran of World War II who fought for Ukraine’s independence against the Russians” and described him as “a Ukrainian hero and a Canadian hero,” prompting a standing ovation from the legislators.