With Anthony Rota’s resignation as Speaker of the House, the race to fill his position has commenced, sparking discussions among opposition parties. Conservative MP and deputy Speaker Chris d’Entremont has confirmed his intention to run, highlighting the importance of decorum and respect within the House of Commons. The opposition parties are exploring the possibility of electing an opposition MP as Speaker to leverage their combined strength in the minority Liberal government.
Rota’s resignation was prompted by the controversy surrounding his invitation to 98-year-old Ukrainian veteran Yaroslav Hunka, who fought in a volunteer unit under Nazi command, to Parliament. This misstep has caused international embarrassment for the Canadian government. While Rota has taken full responsibility for the incident, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to issue a personal apology and initiate an investigation to prevent similar situations from occurring in the future.
Trudeau is expected to address the matter during question period, as it coincides with his scheduled day to field inquiries. Although Trudeau himself is not to blame for the oversight, there is a shared responsibility for the nation. Tom Mulcair, CTV News’ political commentator and former NDP leader, emphasizes the need for Trudeau to acknowledge the incident and express shame on behalf of Canada to the international community.
In light of Rota’s departure, Bloc Quebecois MP and Dean of the House Louis Plamondon will assume the role of Speaker temporarily. However, after the long weekend for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the House will convene on Tuesday, Oct. 3, to conduct a secret ballot election for the new Speaker.
This unique moment in Canadian politics has presented challenges due to the emotional circumstances surrounding Rota’s resignation. The partisan nature of politics further complicates the process of selecting a new Speaker. As the race heats up, candidates will face pressure to demonstrate their ability to handle the responsibilities of the position.
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