The Bloc Québécois has joined the NDP’s call for the resignation of the Speaker of the House of Commons after he publicly honoured a Ukrainian-Canadian man as a Second World War hero, even though the individual served in a Nazi SS unit.
Hours after NDP House Leader Peter Julian on Monday said Anthony Rota should quit, Bloc Leader Yves-François Blanchet backed the Speaker’s exit.
“The Bloc Québécois can only note, on the one hand, the damage caused by the Speaker’s error, and on the other hand, the loss of confidence in the House that it needs to carry out its function,” Blanchet said in a statement.
“Therefore, we call on the Speaker of the House to act responsibly and relinquish his office.”
As the Commons began its business in the morning, Julian called for the Speaker’s resignation. The Bloc did not initially join Julian in seeking Rota’s departure. Nor did the Conservatives or Liberals.
“A sacred trust has been broken. It’s for that reason, for the good of the institution of the House of Commons that I say, sadly, I don’t believe you can continue in this role,” the NDP House Leader said.
“I ask, for the good of Parliament, that you step down from the role of Speaker.”
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PRIME MINISTER'S DAY
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Ottawa, held private meetings and met British Columbia Premier David Eby, who is visiting the nation’s capital with a delegation of provincial ministers.
Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre attended Question Period.
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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was scheduled to attend a reception in Ottawa with British Columbia Premier David Eby.
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