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Canada Christie Blatchford: Liberal MP Judy Sgro, like Trudeau, is incapable of shame

07:40  10 october  2019
07:40  10 october  2019 Source:   nationalpost.com

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Where to begin? Well, it sounded and felt like a death knell for the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau . As Jody Wilson-Raybould, the deposed federal justice minister and attorney-general, read aloud her opening statement at the justice committee Wednesday

Since 1999, Judy Sgro has, as the Liberal MP for Humber River – Black Creek (formerly York West), advanced an agenda that is progressive and respectful of human rights, equality, and religious freedom. Prior to federal politics, Judy represented her community on the North York City Council

Judy Sgro wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Liberal MP Judy Sgro© File handout Liberal MP Judy Sgro

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In her initial defence of Mr. Blackface, veteran Liberal MP Judy Sgro offered up the usual nonsense: We were all young once and sometimes made poor choices and mistakes, blah, blah, blah.

This would wash, perhaps, if Justin Trudeau was a child when he wore blackface, but he has admitted doing it three times over the course of about a decade, from when he was a student to when, at the age of 29, he was teaching students.

Then radio host Jacqueline Dixon asked what sort of reaction Sgro had been getting from her constituents in Humber River-Black Creek, Ont., only one of the country’s most diverse ridings, with, according to the 2016 census, the highest percentage of visible minorities, particularly people from Latin America, Southeast Asia, Jamaica and Vietnam.

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OTTAWA — A Liberal candidate in Toronto said she is sorry for saying her black constituents told her they loved Justin Trudeau even more after learning he wore blackface, arguing the media had blown it out of proportion even though the Liberal leader has apologized again and again for the incidents.

“Let me tell you that knocking on doors, being in the plazas … to make sure I’m as sensitive as I need to be (on this issue).

“Those in the black community have told me how much more love they have for the prime minister. He wanted to have a black face, he took great pride in it too.

“They’re (black constituents) looking for more ways that they can show how much they support and love the prime minister.”

A couple of hours after the gobsmacking Sept. 28 interview on GBKM FM, a free internet radio station based in Toronto, was posted to Twitter Wednesday by writer Andray Domise and the twitterverse went wild, Sgro attempted to walk the comments back.

The comments were “insensitive” she said on Facebook and “I should have known better, and I apologize.”

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Actually, the comments were not insensitive. They were preposterous, almost certainly untrue, and condescending, in that Sgro, a white woman of 74, was purporting to speak for a diverse array of visible minorities, all of them quite able to speak for themselves without a self-appointed interpreter.

“The history of blackface is deeply racist and it is nothing other than discriminatory,” Sgro continued, borrowing heavily from Trudeau’s own script on the same subject.

“This issue has sparked an important conversation in our country and needs to be treated with great seriousness and sensitivity. I will continue to have these important conversations with my constituents.”

This is easily the dopiest incident in a dopey campaign.

Saying that her black constituents have more love for Trudeau because they were somehow touched that he wanted to have a black face too, just like them, is barely short of insane. It’s not a benign explanation: It presumes that the black population is a monolithic body; it presumes they weren’t insulted or hurt by Trudeau’s penchant for blackface, but somehow pleased.

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And it’s not Sgro’s own explanation.

She attributed this new, deeper love to the black and brown people who live in her riding. They “have told me” of the deeper love, she said, as she knocked on doors and apparently combed the plazas for visible minorities.

And how would Sgro have picked up, in a couple of hours, the knowledge that had apparently mysteriously eluded her over her 32-year-long political career? (She started off in 1987 as a North York councillor, moved through that system until the GTA amalgamation, and was first elected as a Liberal MP in 1999.)

If she knew blackface was “deeply racist,” how on earth could she have made the remarks she did? If she didn’t know, which is what her apology-cum-walkback suggested, how did that manage to escape her notice, especially given she represents a uniquely diverse riding and is hardly a callow youth?

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Liberal MP Judy Sgro is seen in this video still from an interview with Jacquline Dixon of GBKM.FM. YOUTUBE. Liberal candidate Judy Sgro has apologized for “insensitive” comments made about black people liking Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau more after he posed in brown- and blackface.

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And clearly, her statement to the contrary, she has had no conversation with her constituents about this subject, least of all important conversations. Had she done so, were she a remotely sentient being, she wouldn’t have been capable of saying black people love Trudeau more because of the blackface incident.

As a woman of colour, the former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, said on Twitter, “The problem is, Judy, that you did not treat the #blackface issue with seriousness or sensitivity.

“You got your ass handed to you and then decided to put out a statement.”

Amen.

The ever-more-loved Trudeau, as of writing this Wednesday, has made no comment on either Sgro’s goofy statement or her apology. He can hardly condemn her for her benevolent read on what he did, and what he so easily forgave in himself.

Judy Sgro was once the immigration minister in Paul Martin’s government, for God’s sake. She ended up resigning over allegations that proved baseless and she was cleared of wrongdoing by the then ethics commissioner.

Sgro is in the right party, at least. She and Trudeau seem immune from shame, when they should be suffused with it.

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