Leader of the House of Representatives Mark Holland asked Speaker of the House Anthony Rota to approve the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy to speak before the Canadian Parliament next week.
Zelenskyy accepted an invitation to speak to congressmen and senators and Holland suggested he do so at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday.
The House and Senate are not expected to sit together until March 21, and Holland said MPs have been unable to pass a motion on Zelenskyy’s speech before the start of the two-week break.
Holland says this will give Canadians the opportunity to hear directly from Zelenskyy about the “urgent and dire” situation in his country, which has been invaded by Russia just over two weeks ago.
He said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Rota, Senate Speaker George Furey, interim Conservative Party leader Candice Bergen, Quebecois Bloc leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and a member of the Greens will also stated.
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Holland also requested that all speakers be able to remove their masks and that guests be allowed into the gallery and on the floor of the House of Commons for the address.
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