Rob Schneider Calls On Canadians To Fire Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Following Parliament’s Honoring Of Ukranian Nazi: “Reclaim Your Rightful Place In Being The Coolest Country In The World”
Saturday Night Live alum Rob Schneider has called on Canadian citizens to fire Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from his position as the head of their national government after he gave very public honours to a World War II Nazi veteran.
On Friday the 22nd of September, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the Canadian Parliament in service of bolstering good will and support for his country in their ongoing war against Russia.
Following a speech from Zelensky, House Speaker Anthony Rota took the stage to offer his own remarks, beginning with the honouring of Yaroslav Hunka, a 98-year-old Ukrainian WW2 veteran whom the politician had invited to the event as as a guest of honor.
“We have here in the chamber today a Ukrainian-Canadian veteran from the Second World War who fought for Ukrainian independence against the Russians and continues to support the troops today, even at his age of 98,” Rota informed the Parliament. “He’s a Ukrainian hero, a Canadian hero, and we thank him for all his service. Thank you.”
As Hunka stood from his seat, he was met with a round of applause and a standing ovation from both aisles of the Canadian government, as well as both Zelensky and Trudeau.
However, shortly after the event concluded, it was discovered that though the Ukranian immigrant had in fact served in WW2, he had done so as part of the First Ukrainian Division, otherwise known as the Galacian Divsion of the Waffen-SS, a Nazi military branch that was officially declared a criminal organisation by the International Military Tribunal during the post-war Nuremberg Trials.
Unsurprisingly, once this information came to light, Canadian was inundated with worldwide repudiation and calls for Rota’s resignation.
Eventually, Rota stepped down from his position. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister attempted to blame the government’s own vetting failures on “Russian disinformation”.
“Obviously it’s extremely upsetting that this happened,” said Trudeau. “The speaker has acknowledged his mistake and has apologized, but this is something that is deeply embarrassing to the parliament of Canada and by extension all Canadians.”
He continued, “I think that it’s going to be really important that all of us push back against Russian propaganda, Russian disinformation and continue our steadfast and unequivocal support for Ukraine as we did last week with announcing further measures to stand with Ukraine in Russia’s illegal war against it.”
Among those who were disappointed with Hunka’s honouring was comedian Rob Schneider.
The son of a Jewish man, Schenider responded to the incident by taking a few swings at Trudeau and calling on Canadians to take measures against his leadership.
“I just canceled my trip to Canada,” Schneider revealed on September 25th. “I just can’t… It’s beyond the pale. Trudeau’s tyranny against peaceful trucker protesters seems insignificant to this despicable and outrageous act of honoring of one of ADOLF HITLER’S NAZI SS Soldiers by the Canadian Parliament. No words…”
In a follow-up tweet shared later that day, the comedian added, “Canada’s Prime Sinister justin Trudeau and Canada’s House Parliament give WW2 NAZI A STANDING OVATION!”
“I think even William Shatner should apologize… Just for BEING Canadian!” he further mocked.
In yet another post addressing the Canadian Parliament’s embarrassment, Schneider shared a cartoon from artist Skscartoon calling out Trudeau’s hypocrisy in honoring a Nazi but labeling the former convoy protestors as enemies of the state and encouraged Canadians to stand up and vote for his resignation as Prime Minister.
“Canada, you were always the coolest country,” he praised. “You were the country that rose above the strife when your neighbor couldn’t. You were the safe haven for war dissenters and political activists. You were America Plus.”
From there, the comedian asked the citizens of the Great White North, “Canada will you please reclaim your rightful place in being the coolest country in the world? Please Fire your authoritarian PM Justin Trudeau. Canada, You can do it!”
In a fairly belated fashion, on Wednesday the 27th, Trudeau offered an “unreserved” apology for honouring Hunka.
“I would like to present unreserved apologies for what took place on Friday and to President Zelensky and the Ukrainian delegation for the position they were put in, for all of us who were present,” Trudeau told lawmakers. “To have unknowingly recognized this individual was a terrible mistake and a violation of the memory of those who suffered grievously at the hands of the Nazi regime.”