Canadian Asks Trudeau to Count How Many Times He Wore Blackface

Trudeau says he doesn't know how often he's worn blackface

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took his campaign to Canada's most ethnically diverse city on Friday, issuing yet another mea culpa for old blackface images, and posing for selfies and hugging supporters on the streets of Toronto.

The discussion was open to the media, and some participants expressed the view that they didn't want Trudeau's behaviour to embolden white supremacists. Trudeau attended College Jean de Brebeuf, a private Jesuit school in Montreal.

In a series of admissions and apologies, explanations and exhortations, that has consumed almost a tenth of the formal campaign season, Trudeau said that the figure with the darkened face is "not the person I've become". Asked why he wanted the meeting to take place in private, Singh said he wanted to ensure the conversation is honest.

Nik Nanos, founder and chief data scientist of Nanos Research, said the controversy this week appeared to have hurt support for Mr. Trudeau. "We all know that you don't require a military-grade attack weapon, one built to kill the greatest number of individuals in the briefest quantity of time, to take down a bull".

Trudeau has been in damage control mode since Wednesday evening, when pictures of him in blackface were published by an American magazine. And this challenge to Trudeau's leadership, character and political survival comes at a time when social media contagions have the potential of wreaking damage unimaginable in earlier election contests in a vast, continent-wide country united by a tradition of civil, nearly genteel, politics.

Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party, said the image was "troubling" and "insulting".

"Greg Malone is a brilliant comic and satirist and actor, and quite well respected". So he regrets it.


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

"I am grateful of having someone of his character and integrity running for the Green Party of Canada in Avalon".

Instead, Singh said he sees the whole affair as a celebration of his East Indian culture.

Trudeau said he had not informed the Liberal party committee that screens candidates of the incidents when he first entered politics because he was too embarrassed about them.

That means people who have "faced violence, physical, words, barriers, economic injustice because of the colour of their skin, because they're Indigenous, because they're racialized". "We like virtue but we don't like people who act as if they have more virtue than others". He's become the butt of jokes on several late-night shows. His Conservative rivals and some skeptics in Liberal Party circles had already been asking, sotto voce, who exactly that person was.

McKenna promised to advocate for a ban on single-use plastics from federal government buildings, museums and parks at an event on the shores of the Ottawa River just west of Parliament Hill.

Trudeau explained the gun rules would incorporate a buyback plan for many legitimately bought assault rifles, and a Liberal government would also work together with different levels of government to provide municipalities the ability to restrict further or prohibit handguns.

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