Good Tuesday morning, Who’s ready to party? One wouldn’t blame House of Commons Speaker ANTHONY ROTA if he isn’t in the mood for fun today. As you’ve probably heard, he’s in big trouble over his decision to invite a former Ukrainian soldier who—it was quickly discovered, after the fact—had fought under the Nazis in World War II to attend the speech in the Commons by Ukrainian President VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY on Friday, and then to call on those in the House to recognize him (which they did.) Rota owned up to the mistake quickly. He issued a statement in the press, then made one again in the Chamber yesterday, apologizing and taking responsibility. “My intention was to show that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is not a new one; that Ukrainians have unfortunately been subject to foreign aggression for far too long and that this must end,” Rota said in his press release. “I have subsequently become aware of more information which causes me to regret my decision to recognize this individual. I wish to apologize to the House. I am deeply sorry that I have offended many with my gesture and remarks,” he said. Rota added that none of his fellow Parliamentarians, members of the government, or Zelenskyy’s delegation were informed ahead of time that the man, YAROSLAV HUNKA, had been invited. Rota took his lumps in the Chamber when business got underway yesterday. Government House Leader KARINA GOULD, who is Jewish and a descendant of Holocaust survivors, spoke on behalf of the government, calling the incident “embarrassing” for Canada, and asking the opposing parties to agree to have the House’s applause for Hunka be deleted from the Commons’ records. The opposition did not agree to do so. Conservative House Leader ANDREW SCHEER endeavoured to pin the mistake on the government, arguing in the House that it should have vetted those attending Zelenskyy’s remarks in the gallery. Gould pushed back on that point—the government does not have authority over the House of Commons or the security of the Commons Chamber—while the Tories heckled. Later, NDP House Leader PETER JULIAN told reporters again that the government doesn’t oversee who sits in the galleries above the House. Julian also said that Rota should resign his post, and noted that the opposition parties could use “procedural tools” to force his ouster if need be. The Bloc Québécois also called for Rota to resign yesterday. NDP House Leader Peter Julian called for Anthony Rota to resign as Speaker yesterday. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade All that is to say, Rota probably isn’t looking forward to encounters with the national press in the near future…which is too bad, because tonight he is scheduled to play host to the Parliamentary Press Gallery at a “garden party” at his official residence. Even Dante didn’t have to navigate that ordeal. Rota may not have to, as some pundits were eager to point out on social media. https://twitter.com/David_Moscrop/status/1706350008260276544 We’ll have to stay tuned to see how Rota and the House handle this next. What’s the cabinet up to? The cabinet will gather for its weekly meeting in Ottawa this morning. Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU is heading to Toronto area for the afternoon. At 3 p.m., he is scheduled to pay a visit to the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association of Canada's annual conference in Etobicoke, where he'll sit down for a "fireside" public discussion with APMA president FLAVIO VOLPE. Industry Minister FRANÇOIS-PHILIPPE CHAMPAGNE will testify before the House Industry Committee today as it begins studying his bill to overhaul Canada’s consumer privacy regime. Champagne introduced Bill C-27 into the House back in 2022, and it progressed slowly through second reading debate. The bill would set new rules for how businesses handle your personal information, and how they use artificial intelligence. Not everyone is a fan—the Public Interest Advocacy Centre’s YUKA SAI carved it apart in an op-ed in The Hill Times in June—but big business is in a big rush to get it passed. Federal Privacy Commissioner PHILIPPE DUFRESNE called the bill a “step in the right direction” in a May 11 press release, but also listed 15 ways he wants the government to improve the bill. That all should give MPs on the House Industry Committee plenty to work with when they grill Champagne today. Health Minister MARK HOLLAND will be taking questions from Senators today. Holland is stepping in on behalf of the government during a round of the Senate’s Question Period, beginning at 5 p.m. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister GARY ANANDASANGAREE is due to meet with British Columbia Premier DAVID EBY in Ottawa today. Eby arrived in town leading a delegation of British Columbia ministers yesterday (including former longtime MP NATHAN CULLEN). Eby and some of his ministers met yesterday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Deputy PM CHRYSTIA FREELAND, Intergovernmental Relations Minister DOMINIC LEBLANC, Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne, and Housing Minister SEAN FRASER, according to his office. B.C. Premier David Eby is looking for federal support for his plan to increase the supply of housing in his province. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade Eby’s ministers are holding additional meetings of their own. A spokesperson for Eby said yesterday that British Columbia Attorney General NIKI SHARMA will be meeting with Senators during the trip to encourage them to pass the government’s bail reform bill quickly. Eby is also expecting to meet with NDP Leader JAGMEET SINGH and U.S. Ambassador DAVID COHEN today, and the B.C. delegation is scheduled to hold a press conference in downtown Ottawa at 3:15 p.m. Ottawa time. Housing is at the top of priority list for the B.C. crew, according to Eby’s office. Eby has pledged to roll out a multi-faceted housing plan to increase the housing supply in his province, and is looking to the federal government to chip in with cash or land where it can. In committee The Senate Indigenous Peoples Committee will meet at 9 a.m. to hear from a collection of individuals and organizations as part of its study of the government’s bill to create a National Council for Reconciliation, C-29. The Senate’s Agriculture and Forestry Committee will meet this evening to dig into Conservative MP BEN LOBB’s private member’s bill, C-234, which proposes exempting fossil fuels burned on farms from the government’s carbon pricing system. In the news STEPHEN JEFFREY has the details on the controversy swirling around Commons Speaker Anthony Rota. LAURA RYCKEWAERT, meanwhile, has the latest on who is staffing Immigration Minister MARC MILLER and Mental Health and Addictions Minister YA’ARA SAKS. What else is happening today? NDP Leader JAGMEET SINGH is scheduled to hold a private meeting with a French-language lobby group in Ottawa this morning. He's also planning to make himself available to reporters, and to meet with Vancouver-area mayors following his meeting with Premier Eby. Parliamentary Budget Officer YVES GIROUX will release another new report this morning. The Office of the PBO says the report will discuss a “framework to address the costs of military capabilities and the potential trade-offs implied should a government policy require the adjustment of the Canadian Armed Forces structure.” Canada’s depleted military has been stretched thin in recent years (if not longer), which has challenged its ability to fulfill all of the roles assigned to it. The Canadian Armed Forces leadership has weighed the merits of reducing the number of capabilities that the military tries to maintain, according to reporting by Postmedia’s DAVID PUGLIESE. Chief of Defence Staff Wayne Eyre leads Canadian Armed Forces that are struggling to fill vacant jobs, short on modern equipment, and asked to do fill a variety of roles including national defence, natural disaster response, and overseas missions. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade In Toronto, a collection of First Nations advocates and individuals will descend upon Queen’s Park today to protest Premier DOUG FORD’s promises to ramp up mining in Ontario’s so-called Ring of Fire area. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business will hold a presser on the Hill to call on the government to further extend the repayment period for businesses that took out loans from the government during the pandemic until the end of 2024. Tuesday’s book: Wanda’s War: An Untold Story of Nazi Europe, Forced Labour, and a Canadian Immigration Scandal Speaking of Nazis, this week’s Book Give-Away is Wanda’s War: An Untold Story of Nazi Europe, Forced Labour, and a Canadian Immigration Scandal, by MARSHA FAUBERT, published by Goose Lane. GWEN STRAUSS, the author of The Nine, says of the book: “With so many refugees facing similar hardships today, Wanda’s War sheds light on past periods of turmoil and dislocation. As survivors pass away, it falls on this generation to recover and bear witness. Faubert is a witness to the witnesses, to the many who could not speak or chose not to speak. A powerful and moving story.” This week’s question: on what date and in which year did Canada enter the Second World War? We will draw for the winner. Please send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org today by noon. Good luck! The Hill Times Correction: A previous version of this column misidentified former chief of defence staff Jonathan Vance as the current chief of defence staff. PTM regrets the error.