Canada Parliament Speaker Rota Resigns After Calling Ukrainian Nazi Veteran a ‘Hero’
Rota's resignation will officially take effect at the conclusion of the sitting day on Wednesday, marking the end of his tenure as Speaker.
In a surprising turn of events, Liberal MP Anthony Rota has announced his resignation as Speaker of the House of Commons. This decision comes in the wake of a significant controversy involving his invitation to a Ukrainian veteran who had served in a Nazi division, a move that has been widely criticized by MPs from all political backgrounds.
Rota’s resignation will officially take effect at the conclusion of the sitting day on Wednesday, marking the end of his tenure as Speaker. In a statement made at 2 p.m. just prior to Tuesday’s question period, Rota acknowledged the gravity of the situation, stating, “This House is above any of us. Therefore, I must step down as your Speaker. I reiterate my profound regret for my error in recognizing an individual in the House.”
The Speaker expressed remorse for the “public recognition” he extended to a former Nazi soldier, acknowledging that it had caused pain to various individuals and communities, including Jewish people, Poles, and other survivors of Nazi atrocities.