Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared before cameras with hat in hand to comment on the “deeply embarrassing” standing ovation the Canadian Parliament gave to a man who served in the Nazi Waffen-SS.
Ukrainian Waffen-SS veteran Yaroslav Hunka, 92, was shockingly celebrated last week after Speaker of the House of Commons Anthony Rota introduced him as a Ukrainian and Canadian “hero” — while Rota claimed surprise over the revelation, the incident represents a good indication of how far pro-Ukrainian war hawks are willing to go.
“Obviously it’s extremely upsetting that this happened,” the prime minister said. “The Speaker has acknowledged his mistake and has apologized, but this is something that is deeply embarrassing to the Parliament of Canada and by extension to all Canadians.”
NEW – Justin Trudeau blames Russian propaganda for Canadian Parliament honoring a Nazi.
“Obviously, it’s extremely upsetting that this happened… this is something that is deeply embarrassing to the Parliament of Canada…
It’s going to be really important that all of us push… pic.twitter.com/Zvk5ytkxmC
— KanekoaTheGreat (@KanekoaTheGreat) September 25, 2023
While quick to call out Rota, Trudeau showed that he learned a lesson from his Democratic cousins in America by pointing to “Russian disinformation.”
“I think particularly of Jewish MPs and all members of the Jewish community across the country who are commemorating Yom Kippur today,” he added. “I think it’s gonna be really important that all of us push back against Russian propaganda, Russian disinformation, and continue our steadfast and unequivocal support for Ukraine as we did last week with announcing further measures to stand with Ukraine in Russia’s illegal war against it.”
Rota, who introduced Hunka after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered an address in the House of Commons on Friday, released a statement on Sunday apologizing for the incident.
“This initiative was entirely my own, the individual in question being from my riding and having been brought to my attention,” the speaker said in a statement. “I particularly want to extend my deepest apologies to Jewish communities in Canada and around the world. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
What Speaker Anthony Rota actually said…
…And his official statement and apology.
You be the judge
“I didn’t know guys! Really!” pic.twitter.com/KtxOedIiml
— DD Geopolitics (@DD_Geopolitics) September 25, 2023
As for the “Russian disinformation line,” billionaire Elon Musk had this to say: “Don’t want to blow their minds, but there is a slight possibility that not everything is Russian disinformation.”
Don’t want to blow their minds, but there is a slight possibility that not everything is Russian disinformation
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 25, 2023
Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from X:
How — after a lifetime of appearing in black face — does Justin Trudeau get caught applauding an SS soldier who fought with the Nazis, and then instantly starts babbling about “Russian disinformation”?
Do you see how Western elites use RUSSIA to blame for all their failings? https://t.co/yAIYr93ody
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 25, 2023
Such a funny guy, Justin Trudeau. Totally brazen, and any and all conversation about the incident with the Ukrainian veteran who fought on the wrong side of history whom he celebrated is now “Russian disinformation.” Russian disinformation is anything that makes western leaders… pic.twitter.com/UPk3Hqy0iQ
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 25, 2023
WOAH: Trudeau says to be weary of “Russian Disinformation” when asked about the Waffen SS Nazi he brought into the House of Commons. You can’t make this up. https://t.co/9RbW9y4e6Z
— Keean Bexte (@TheRealKeean) September 25, 2023
Trudeau says to be weary of “Russian Disinformation” when asked about the Waffen SS Nazi he brought into the House of Commons & gave two standing ovations for.
They are pissing on you and telling you it’s raining.https://t.co/IcG8qjlNsG
— Jackson Hinkle (@jacksonhinklle) September 25, 2023
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