JUSTIN Trudeau has been accused of racism after a photo emerged of him donning blackface at a party in 2001.
The shocking image shows the now-Canadian prime minister wearing dark make-up on his face, hands and neck.
Justin Trudeau was photographed wearing blackface at a party in 2001[/caption]
Trudeau was photographed in a turban and robes at the Arabian Nights themed costume party at the West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver.
The photo was taken when Trudeau was a 29-year-old teacher at the private school, according to Time magazine.
A spokeswoman for Trudeau’s re-election campaign confirmed that the photo was him.
“He attended with friends and colleagues dressed as a character from Aladdin,” spokeswoman Zita Astravas said.
The photo appeared in the school’s 2000-2001 yearbook, The View, Time said.
Vancouver businessman, Michael Adamson, a member of the school community shared the photo with Time after he felt it should be made public.
His re-election campaign has been thrown into turmoil at a critical moment for Trudeau.
The Liberal Party leader gained a record 148 seats in 2015, emerging as a darling of progressives worldwide.
An ethics scandal, his purchase of a controversial oil pipeline and an embarrassing trip to India have sent his popularity plummeting.
The prime minister, 47, plans to campaign on the environment, job creation and poverty reduction.
He is struggling to deflect criticism, however, after he was found to have violated ethics laws.