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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the House of Commons (Archive photo)

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fended off further questions about the controversial Nazi veteran who was invited to the House of Commons last fall.

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre demanded that Mr. Trudeau resign as former Speaker of the House of Commons Anthony Rota had done.

Mr Rota resigned after Yaroslav Hunka was praised during a speech in the House of Commons at the invitation of Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky.

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Yaroslav Hunka, a former member of the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, was invited to the House of Commons on Friday September 22, creating an international controversy.

Media reported that the Prime Minister's Office also invited Yaroslav Hunka to a reception in Toronto, in honor of Mr. Zelensky, on the same day.

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Mr. Hunka, a Canadian veteran of Ukrainian origin, fought in a volunteer unit created by the Nazis during World War II.

During question period, the Conservative leader said Justin Trudeau himself had asked Rota to step down amid the uproar. Mr. Poilievre suggested that the Prime Minister follow suit.

Will he hold himself to the same standards and admit that he is not suitable for this position? asked the Conservative leader.

Justin Trudeau tried to reverse the situation, well aware of the imminence of a vote on the renewal of a trade agreement between Canada and Ukraine to which the Conservatives x27;have been opposing for months.

[The Conservative Party] chooses not to stand with the x27;Ukraine, not to stand with Ukrainians and not to stand with Ukrainian Canadians. Why is he abandoning Ukraine?

A quote from Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

The Prime Minister's Office says Mr. Hunka, who was not at the reception in Toronto, was among hundreds of potential guests recommended by diaspora groups like the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

The Russian embassy in Ottawa was quick to seize on the controversy by publishing a message that seemed to blame Justin Trudeau for the whole affair.

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