Canadian Parliament’s Controversial Honoring of WWII Veteran Sparks Outcry

Canadian Parliament faces backlash for applauding WWII veteran with Nazi ties during President Zelenskyy’s visit. The controversy stirs debates about historical sensitivities and honoring war heroes

Canadian Parliament's Controversial Honoring of WWII Veteran Sparks Outcry

Credit: Google | Canadian Parliament’s Controversial Honoring of WWII Veteran

In a recent turn of events, the Canadian Parliament has come under intense scrutiny and criticism for giving a standing ovation to a 98-year-old Ukrainian veteran during an event featuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit to Canada. The veteran, Yaroslav Hunka, served in the First Ukrainian Division during World War II, a unit historically associated with the Waffen-SS Galicia Division, which fought for the Nazis.

Canadian Jewish organizations, social media critics, and prominent figures have expressed their outrage over this decision. The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Canadian nonprofit dedicated to Holocaust education, condemned the Parliament’s actions, calling for an apology and an explanation. Many have referred to Hunka as a “literal Nazi” and a “monster”.

Canadian columnist Joe Warmington, writing in the Toronto Sun, demanded a “full apology” for celebrating a Second World War Nazi in the House of Commons. Local Canadian outlets reported that the Associated Press identified Hunka as a veteran of the “First Ukrainian Division in World War II”, while others described him as a Ukrainian immigrant who fought for Ukrainian independence against the Russians.

The controversy has deepened as the Soviet Union played a pivotal role in defeating Nazi Germany, a fact highlighted by the U.S. Department of State on its website. This incident has raised questions about the appropriateness of honoring someone linked to a unit responsible for the murder of Jews and others during the Holocaust.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office has issued a statement, accepting responsibility for the invitation and recognition of Hunka in Parliament. The Speaker of the House, Anthony Rota, who introduced Hunka as a war hero, expressed regret for his decision, emphasizing that no one, including fellow parliamentarians and the Ukrainian delegation, was aware of his intention beforehand.

This controversy unfolded during Zelenskyy’s first visit to Canada since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February of the previous year. During his visit, Zelenskyy expressed gratitude to Canada for its support on multiple fronts, including financial aid, humanitarian assistance, and military support, amounting to approximately $6.7 billion USD since the war began.

While this incident has generated significant debate and criticism, it remains a contentious issue highlighting the complexities surrounding historical events, war heroes, and the need for sensitivity in recognizing individuals with controversial pasts.



Stay connected with Today On Globe for the latest Global Issues and News Updates.

Explore more related articles at [TOG News / TOG Article]



TOG Weekly News Recap 28 August 2023 Top 20 on Micro Nutrients and Their Health Benefits Top 10 Terrifying Syphilis Symptoms In Women Top 10 Everyday Products Containing Aspartame Top 10 Breakfast Options For Vegans WWE Wrestlers Who Are Successful Hollywood Movie Stars TOP 15 Adulterated Foods & Their Health Side Effects – TodayOn globe Top 10 Breathing Techniques To Relieve Anxiety 10 YOGA Exercise To Beat Stress