Canadian Governor General Mary Simon apologized for nominating Peter Savarin, a former member of the SS Galicia Division, for the highest state award, the Order of Canada. This statement was made by the official representative of the secretariat of the Governor General Lynn Santerre.
She told CTV News: “We deeply regret that Peter Savarin was nominated to the Order of Canada in 1987 and sincerely apologize to the citizens of Canada for any distress or pain this decision may have caused.”
According to available information, Savarin was the rector of the University of Alberta, as well as the head of the “World Congress of Ukrainians.” His biography on the portal of the educational institution indicates his merits for the development of multiculturalism in Canada.
But, based on data from the Forward publication, which deals with current topics for the Jewish community, Savarin’s past became clear. The man served in the SS Galicia division, and then fled to Canadian territory, like Yaroslav Hunke, a famous Ukrainian SS man.
Earlier, the Russian Ambassador to Canada Oleg Stepanov said that Canadian residents were sending letters to the Russian Embassy with a request to dismantle Nazi monuments in the country. More about this read the material Public News Service.
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