With all the Nazi rehabilitation going on in Canada these days, I guess what happened on Friday was bound to happen. Of the more than one million Ukrainians in Canada, the one person who had the honour of being introduced in front of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky was Yaroslav Hunka, a 98-year-old who served with the SS 14th Waffen Division, or the First Ukrainian Division. House speaker Anthony Rota invited Hunka as he lives in North Bay, in Rota’s riding. Of the Ukrainian-born population in North Bay, there was a 1 in 40 chance that Rota would land on this former Nazi.
Thanks for this Nora. So important!
This might not have happened if we had an active anti-war left. If the NDP was in the house pushing for peace, opposing feeding the voracious appetite of the war machine, there might have been some hesitation in cheering any kind of of ‘war hero’. There might have been a little thoughtfulness about what side they were clapping for.
The left should be opposing both sides of this war and seeking its end through peaceful negotiation with every time it comes up in the house.
Journalism well done, Ms. Loreto. Bravo.
Very good article, Nora Loreto. I am disgusted with the resurgent Naziism, but not surprised. I think this is an occasion to give an article I did myself for substack some time ago, another run. Nazis will continue to exist as long as there is a ruling elite which needs such people to do their dirty work. https://timrourke.substack.com/p/naziism-20
You truly nailed it, absolutely brilliant
Thank you so much for this, Nora.
I’m in no way defending the man merely suggesting that what he
At it may not have done was a long time ago and we should be judging him in what he’s done lately.... on the citizen he has been in Canada. How long do we need to keep in fighting old wars? Or maybe you have a need ?
The best thing that mr Hunka has done lately is to provide “Gotcha” moments to anybody who needs 20 seconds of Social media time. Looking at the faces of those clapping on Friday we see peop[le who need a hero. Looking at the faces of those in the House on Monday, we see people who need an enemy. What he did or why he did it all those years ago should no longer be relevant….its over. He’s an old man whose life has mostly been spent here doing nobody any harm. Who of us as 18 year olds didn’t do something we’re not proud of? Shame on all of you who are using this man for your own agendas and are fomenting the hatred or division that you are claiming to be so righteously indignant about. There are much bigger fish to fry and the war in Ukraine is one of them