Justin Trudeau

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Justin Trudeau
Born25 December 1971 (age 51)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Justin Pierre James Trudeau (born 25 December 1971) is a Canadian Liberal politician who has been the prime minister of Canada since 2015. He said he supported the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples but later violated it by supporting pipelines and dams on indigenous land. He also refused to act to improve access to clean drinking water on indigenous reserves.[1]

Neo-Nazi sympathies[edit | edit source]

Yaroslav Hunka scandal[edit | edit source]

See also Yaroslav Hunka#House of Commons of Canada visit

On 22 September 2023, Justin Trudeau, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and the House of Commons as a whole recognised Waffen-SS veteran and Nazi collaborator Yaroslav Hunka for his service during the Second World War, lauding him as a "Ukrainian hero [and] a Canadian hero" and giving him two standing ovations. It was alleged that afterwards Trudeau held a private audience with Hunka.[2]

Later it came out that Hunka was a Nazi collaborator, and after days of silence, Trudeau finally apologised (unconvincingly) for the incident on the behalf of the Canadian Parliament and Canada as a whole, stating that "It [the recognition of Hunka by the Canadian Parliament] was a horrendous violation of the memory of the millions of people who died in the Holocaust" and that Canada was "deeply sorry" for "the situation this put President Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian delegation in." He blamed Speaker of the House Anthony Rota for the incident, stating that he was the one who invited him and who later wholly accepted responsibility for the scandal by stepping down, and asserting that "not one Parliamentarian was aware [that Hunka was a Nazi]."[3]

When asked by Opposition politicians if the Prime Minister would "take personal responsibility" for having "allowed for a monumental, unprecedented, and global shame to unfold" in the House of Commons and if he would "personally apologise on behalf of himself" for the scandal as "it was his personal responsibility [...] to lead the government that has the [...] agencies that [...] should have vetted all individuals who were present," Trudeau dodged the question, first by apologising once again "on behalf of all of those in this House"; then by deflecting by reaffirming Canada's support for Ukraine and an "international, rules-based order" as well as the need to invest more in Holocaust education; and then by framing the suggestion that the government vet those who were present as a "partisan attack" on "the rights and privileges of Parliamentarians" by the Conservatives, who were supposedly "politicising" an apolitical issue.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Central Committee of the Communist Party of Canada (2018-02-15). "Communist Party of Canada (CPC)- Justin Trudeau’s Trail of Broken Promises" In Defense of Communism. Archived from the original on 2020-09-28. Retrieved 2022-06-23.
  2. Benjamin Zinevich, Morgan Artyukhina (2023-10-06). "How Canada and the U.S. ‘normalize’ and promote Ukranian fascists" Liberation News. Retrieved 2023-12-07.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Global News (2023-09-27).: "Trudeau apologizes for 'terrible error' after Nazi WWII veteran honoured in Parliament | FULL". YouTube. Retrieved 2023-12-09.