Amid blackface scandal, Justin Trudeau promises to ban assault rifles

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City News reports that Trudeau announced the rifle ban on Friday in Greektown, Toronto, the area of the city in which a gunman shot 15 people, killing two, last year. Answering reporters' questions at a press gaggle, US President Trump said he was surprised by Trudeau's actions.

Trudeau said, "We know you do not need a military-grade assault weapon - one created to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time - to take down a deer".

"This blackface brown face scandal goes to issues of credibility with him and issues of perceptions in the Canadian population also about his priorities", Drew Fagan, a professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, told ABC News, pointing to some alleged criticisms among some Canadians that Trudeau has prioritized global issues rather than domestic ones during his tenure.

A unified party front is critical for the prime minister: as Trudeau looks to renew his parliamentary majority in an upcoming federal election, opinion polls shows him in a tight race against his Conservative rival, but the prime minister still holds in projected seats.

Yet, a headline for video coverage of this event by Reuters said, "Trudeau apologizes again for wearing dark makeup in multiple incidents".

"Suddenly, Don Lemon went from that, 'I wonder how much diversity she has on her staff, ' to 'I'm so glad that Justin is sorry, '" he said.

"It was no big deal, it was a long time ago", said Zahid Nassar, an immigrant from Pakistan.

"I think a lot of people who experience racism in Canada are maybe not surprised, but I think that Canadian liberals who have this mythologized, idealized version of Canada are really feeling their world shaken by this", Rangwala said. Trudeau attracted scorn as well from prominent civil-rights advocates in the US, a country that has grappled with its own cases of prominent politicians having been found to have, or admitting to have, worn blackface.

This April 2001 photo, which appeared in a newsletter from the West Point Grey Academy, shows a costumed Justin Trudeau, his face and hands darkened by makeup, attending an "Arabian Nights" gala.

In Trudeau's multiethnic parliamentary district in Montreal, some residents questioned about the scandal offered a collective shrug. "I don't think it's something that we should be making light of".

In Trump's eyes, this might knock Trudeau down a peg, he said. Trudeau said he was dressed as a character from "Aladdin".

Scheer said Friday he's not aware of the existence of any more photos or videos.

Even Donald Trump weighed in on the scandal, telling reporters in the Oval office on Friday he was "surprised" by the "number of times" Trudeau appeared in photos.

"I should have understood that then and I never should have done it", he added. Singh is also a Sikh.

"Thoughts and prayers aren't going to cut it", Trudeau said.

"I accept the fact that people make mistakes in the past and can own up to that and accept that", Scheer said. "We know you do not need a military-grade assault weapon, one created to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time, to take down a deer". "I believe many Canadians, most Canadians, recognize that people can say things in the past, when they're younger, at a different time in their life, that they would not say today".

Deputy Minister Marta Morgan will head the delegation, the official said, supported by Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York, Marc-André Blanchard.



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