Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau apologizes for wearing brownface




Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau apologizes for wearing brownface
Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau apologizes for wearing brownface

Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau apologized today after his photo surfaced on internet wearing brownface during a school “Arabian Nights”-themed gala event in 2001.

The photo was published by, Times Magazine  in the yearbook from the West Point Grey Academy, a private school in Vancouver, B.C.. Trudeau worked there as a teacher before entering politics.

“I shouldn’t have done it. I should have known better, but I didn’t,” he told reporters on an airplane. “And I’m really sorry.”

He said it was a racist photo but he didn’t consider it racist at the time.

The existence of the photograph was first reported by Time, a CNN affiliate.

Trudeau is running for re-election happening on October 21.

“I stand here before Canadians as I will throughout this campaign and talk about the work we have to do to make a better country together,” Trudeau said. “And I am going to continue to stay focused on that and continue to work to fight intolerance and discrimination, even though obviously I made a mistake in the past.”

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Conservative Party Leader Scheer, also spoke about this and said: “Like all Canadians, I was extremely shocked and disappointed when I learned of Justin Trudeau’s actions this evening. Wearing brownface is an act of open mockery and racism. It was just as racist in 2001 as it is in 2019. What Canadians saw this evening was someone with a complete lack of judgment and integrity and someone who’s not fit to govern this country.”

The leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth May, said she was “deeply shocked by the racism shown in the photograph.”

She said,”I am deeply shocked by the racism shown in the photograph of Justin Trudeau. He must apologize for the harm done and commit to learning and appreciating the requirement to model social justice leadership at all levels of government. In this matter he has failed.”

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has also made comments on this. He said,” Tonight, it’s not about the prime minister.

It’s about every young one who has ever made laugh at him or her because of the color of his skin.Who got his turban ripped off.Who relive the memories of painful episodes of racism.To you, I say to you, you are loved. ”