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Rota resignation as Speaker effective tonight. Will stay on as local MP

'I must step down as your Speaker'
Anthony Rota has resigned as Speaker of the House

The resignation of House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota will take effect this evening, but his office has confirmed he will continue with his role as Nipissing-Timiskaming MP.

"Yes he will continue to be MP," confirmed spokesman Matt Sookram.

Rota resigned yesterday amid international controversy after he invited a North Bay resident, who fought for the Nazis, to attend a speech by the Ukrainian president last Friday.

See: Rota resigns!

He said he profoundly regrets calling attention to 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka, a veteran of a Ukrainian voluntary unit that was under the command of the Nazis in the Second World War.

“I must step down as your Speaker. I reiterate my profound regret for my error in recognizing an individual in the House,” Rota said before Tuesday's sitting of the House of Commons.

“That public recognition has caused pain to individuals and communities, including the Jewish community in Canada and around the world, in addition to survivors of Nazi atrocities in Poland, among other nations. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”

Jeff Turl

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