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Canada ‘Racism is wrong regardless of when it happens’: Londoners on Trudeau controversy

07:05  20 september  2019
07:05  20 september  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Jagmeet Singh's Message To Canadians Hurt By Trudeau's Brownface Photo

Jagmeet Singh's Message To Canadians Hurt By Trudeau's Brownface Photo OTTAWA — Canada’s first non-white leader of a federal party didn’t have much to say about the prime minister after a photo of Justin Trudeau in brownface surfaced Wednesday, but he did have a powerful message for Canadians. The 2001 yearbook photo, published by Time magazine, shows a 29-year-old Trudeau in costume, posing with three women at Vancouver’s West Point Grey Academy at an annual event. The prime minister was a teacher at the private school at the time. New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh said he was undecided about making statement in response to the brownface photo, but changed his mind after receiving a message from a friend.

“I know people are calling it racist and that , but it had nothing to do with that ,” she said. “ It wasn’t racist at all.” Seven of Madan’s children also went to the school and had interacted with Trudeau while he was ‘ Racism is wrong regardless of when it happens ’: Londoners on Trudeau controversy .

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing a third allegation of wearing racist attire when he was younger. The revelations come in the middle of campaigning for the 21 October election when Mr Trudeau hopes to win a second term. Lyrics quiz. Have you been getting these songs wrong ?

a group of people posing for a photo: A photo of Justin Trudeau at West Point Grey Academy's Arabian Nights gala, as published in the school's newsletter dated April 2001. A photo of Justin Trudeau at West Point Grey Academy's Arabian Nights gala, as published in the school's newsletter dated April 2001.

Local Liberal candidates and Londoners are reacting to the images of Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau in racist makeup.

Federal Liberal candidate for London Fanshawe, Mohamad Hamoud, is speaking out about the scandal.

"I think it was insensitive and the wrong thing to do," Hamoud said.

"This is something that happened 20 years ago," he continued. "It definitely doesn’t excuse it and it does not make it right, but I think we need to look at who the person is and what they have done."

'I was extremely disappointed': Jody Wilson-Raybould responds to Trudeau brownface controversy

'I was extremely disappointed': Jody Wilson-Raybould responds to Trudeau brownface controversy Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was kicked out of the Liberal party caucus in the fallout to the SNC-Lavalin affair, said she was "extremely disappointed" after seeing a photo of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau dressed in brownface. Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was kicked out of the Liberal party caucus in the fallout to the SNC-Lavalin affair, said she was "extremely disappointed" after seeing a photo of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau dressed in brownface.

The outlet reported that officials of Canada's Liberal Party, which Trudeau leads, confirmed the What Justin Trudeau did was wrong . He has apologized. In the wake of this week's racism controversy , Trudeau showed no sign on Thursday that he would be resigning or ending his re-election campaign.

I think that this is par for the course for the son of Pierre Trudeau . I see a pattern from when he was young A made-up scandal. Times were different. Part of a Halloween costume is makeup regardless of I find this current controversy ridiculous and politically motivated. What is wrong if at a private

Hamoud added that it’s important to remember Trudeau is human and people do make mistakes.

Both Peter Fragiskatos, Liberal candidate for London North Centre, and Kate Young, London West candidate, also spoke out about the images.

Young said she is disappointed and disturbed.

“Racism is wrong regardless of when it happens," she said. "I don’t believe he is racist today, but 18 years ago he was obviously oblivious as to how his costume would be interpreted."

Fragiskatos reached out to his constituents over Twitter, calling on Trudeau to apologies.

'It's going to be rough': Liberals in damage control mode over Trudeau 'brownface' scandal

  'It's going to be rough': Liberals in damage control mode over Trudeau 'brownface' scandal The Liberal campaign is in full-blown damage control mode today following a "brownface" bombshell that could put the Trudeau brand and the party's electoral fortunes in jeopardy. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, known globally for his "diversity is our strength" mantra, is making international headlines after photographs and a video emerged showing him in racist makeup. He apologized late Wednesday and admitted his past actions were racist.Trudeau spent the first part of today reaching out to candidates, party staff and community leaders to try to explain his actions.

Canada's PM Justin Trudeau has said he cannot remember how often he wore blackface as a younger man, as a scandal deepened ahead of an election. "I am wary of being definitive about this because of the recent pictures that came out, I had not remembered," he told reporters in Winnipeg.

+ A 2001 photo of Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau in brownface was released Wednesday, as his campaign for re-election entered its second week. The black-and-white photo, which was featured in a yearbook for West Point Grey Academy, the school Trudeau taught at

In the last 24 hours, three separate incidents have come to light with the Liberal leader in either blackface or brownface.

There are three videos and one photo of Trudeau, ranging in age from his teens to 29 years of age.

READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE: Video shows Trudeau in blackface in 3rd instance of racist makeup

The video, obtained exclusively by Global News, shows Trudeau covered in what appears to be dark makeup and raising his hands in the air while laughing, sticking his tongue out and making faces.

The video was shot in the early 1990s, but it’s not clear where it takes place and it does not appear the video was shot at the same time as the other photos.

Liberal Amarjeet Sohi pained to see Trudeau in brownface

  Liberal Amarjeet Sohi pained to see Trudeau in brownface Sohi called the images “indefensible” but reiterated his support for the embattled Liberal leader. "He is a champion of diversity, he is a champion of inclusion and he has demonstrated through his actions that diversity matters, that we need to end racism and discrimination," Sohi said.Sohi said he told Trudeau Thursday morning that the incident could spark deeper conversations among Canadians about combating institutionalized discrimination."These incidents and these images remind us that there's more to be done," he told CBC.Sohi said his volunteers and supporters have also been hurt by the images.

“ When we talk about blackface, Canadians tend to be very smug and say that’s the kind of thing that happens in the U.S.,” Howard said. A Liberal spokesperson confirmed to Global News in an email on Thursday morning that the image is of Trudeau . “We can confirm that it is him and it was taken when

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Meanwhile, Londoners have had mixed reactions, describing the images as a significant issue, wrong, and also not a big deal.

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"It went a little bit too far," said retiree Nick Lyons. "I think that if he was going to wear a costume, wear a costume, but to go completely blackface is unusual to say the most."

Waitress Donna Caruso, meanwhile, doesn’t think he meant to harm anyone.

"We can’t always be held accountable for our actions we made when we were younger, because I know when I was younger I made a lot of unwise decisions,” she said.

At a press conference, Trudeau apologized, adding he regrets doing it and he should have known better.

The election is set to take place on Oct. 21.

Trudeau brownface controversy captures U.S. attention; 65% aware of scandal: Ipsos poll .
American opinions on the issue are fairly similar to what Canadians believe, according to a new poll.Sixty-five per cent of Americans are aware of the scandal, an Ipsos poll found. Of those 65 per cent, two-thirds said Trudeau should continue as party leader — 16 per cent said he should resign and 20 per cent said they are unsure.

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