Trudeau denies inviting Nazi soldier to Zelensky reception, claims Ukrainian Canadian Congress is being 'attacked'

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continued to deny Tuesday any responsibility for inviting a former Waffen-SS soldier to participate in an official visit by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Although former Nazi Yaroslav Hunka did not go to a Toronto reception that Trudeau invited him to attend, he sat in the gallery during Zelenskyy’s speech to Parliament and received two standing ovations from MPs and praise from then-Speaker Anthony Rota as a “Canadian hero.”

During Tuesday’s Question Period, Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre confronted Trudeau about the Prime Minister’s role in inviting Hunka to Parliament.

“Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has been claiming for months that he had no involvement in or knowledge of the invitation of a former Nazi soldier to the visit of the Ukrainian president. Now we know that he personally invited that same individual; he actually said the opposite. And he said that the former Speaker had to resign over doing the exact same thing. So will he hold himself to the very same standard and admit that he’s not fit for office?”

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