In the wake of a political maelstrom sparked by his congratulatory applause for a World War II veteran who had served the Nazis, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, did what many modern day politicians do – deflect and tell the public to be aware of “disinformtion.”

Despite sidestepping Parliament’s Question Period, Trudeau finally broke his silence when cornered by reporters. “Obviously, it’s extremely upsetting that this happened,” an equally perturbed and embarrassed Trudeau expressed, asserting the predicament as “deeply embarrassing to the Parliament of Canada and by extension to all Canadians.”

The lightning-rod figure at the center of this controversy is 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka, an affiliate of the Nazi Waffen SS. A guest of the Canadian Parliament and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Hunka’s ties to the abominable regime were overlooked, leading to two raucous standing ovations, leaving observers the world over bewildered and aghast, none more so than members of the Jewish community commemorating Yom Kippur.

Trudeau sought to deflect the blame by pointing toward an entirely unrelated issue: the alleged threat of Russian disinformation. Trudeau’s references to Russian disinformation, rather than accepting the blunder of honoring Hunka, provide a significant blow to anti-censorship and free speech, as they set a precedent of ignoring direct responsibility in favor of an equivocal scapegoat.

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