HOUSE SPEAKER RESIGNING OVER INVITING, HONOURING 98-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO FOUGHT FOR NAZIS
Sep 26, 2023
By Bob Komsic
After meeting with all party house leaders, Anthony Rota has decided to resign after he had invited Ukrainian constituent, Yaroslav Hunka, who it was later learned had fought for the Nazis, to attend last week’s address to Parliament by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Elected House of Commons Speaker in December 22019, Rota shared his decision ahead of Question Period, referring to his tenure as ”his greatest honour.”
The resignation will take effect at the end of Wednesday’s sitting of Parliament to allow for preparations of Rota’s successor.
Only two Speakers elected since Confederation have left partway through a Parliamentary session — one died, another was named governor-general.