Sep 19, 2019

Third instance of Justin Trudeau in blackface surfaces

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Photo: Arindam Shivaani/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Global News published a video on Thursday showing Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau smiling and gesturing with dark makeup covering his face, arms and legs. It is not clear when or where the video was taken.

Why it matters: The video is the 3rd instance of Trudeau wearing racist dress to surface in 12 hours and a month before he faces an Oct. 21 general election and a referendum on his first term.

Context: TIME Magazine on Wednesday published a yearbook photo of Trudeau wearing brownface at an "Arabian Nights" party in 2001 when he was 29.

  • He apologized on Wednesday and revealed that he also wore blackface and sang the Jamaican folk song "Day O" in a high school talent show.

The big picture: Trudeau, who championed Canada's diversity throughout his tenure, will face backlash for these past actions on top of an on-going ethics scandal and unfulfilled expectations.

  • Polls show his Liberals neck and neck with the opposition Conservatives.

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Photo of Justin Trudeau in brownface surfaces ahead of Canada election

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged Wednesday night that a photo TIME magazine published of him wearing brownface at an "Arabian Nights" party in 2001 was racist, as he apologized for his actions.

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Justin Trudeau's political star fades ahead of Canada's election

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's popularity was already deflating under the disillusionment that hampers many incumbents, particularly on the idealistic left, before 2 controversies that seemed almost unimaginable given his high-principled public image: first an ethics breach and now a racism scandal.

Driving the news: Since a 2001 photo of Trudeau in brownface at an Arabian Nights party was published Wednesday by TIME magazine, 2 prior instances in which he wore blackface have come to light. Speaking today, Trudeau apologized repeatedly but admitted, when pressed, that he was "wary of being definitive" about whether other images might surface.

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Trudeau’s pivot: Vows to ban military-style assault rifles, including AR-15

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday the Liberal government would ban military-style semi-automatic weapons and institute a buyback program if re-elected.

Why it matters: The announcement comes around a month before the nation's federal election and outlines a clear contrast with the Conservative Party on the issue. A 2-year amnesty period would be put in place while the buyback program is instituted, according to the CBC.

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