JUSTIN Trudeau has admitted he can’t remember how many times he wore blackface, as a third shocking photo emerged today.
The Canadian prime minister, famed for his ultra-political correctness, has been branded “racist” and a “hypocrite” over the images of him donning dark make-up.
A new photo emerged today of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau wearing blackface at a 2001 party[/caption]
Confessing to a “massive blind spot” in his thinking, Trudeau has said he is “deeply sorry” – but his campaign for re-election is now in jeopardy.
Trudeau, 47, said he could not rule out the existence of more blackface incidents because he did not remember all the occasions.
Footage was published today by Global News showing Trudeau wearing dark make-up on his face and arms while he stuck his tongue out and made faces.
The video is believed to have been captured in the early 1990s, although it’s not clear where it was filmed.
But this was not a one-off for the holier-than-thou politician, who is known for calling others out for racism.
The PM, who champions diversity and multiculturalism, was pictured dressed up as a black man at the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, an elite high school in Quebec, which he attended.
He donned an Afro wig to perform his version of the Banana Boat Song (Day-O) – a song about people in Jamaica loading bananas onto boats – in a talent show.
This picture is understood to have also been taken in the 1990s.
In the first image that came to light, Trudeau can be seen sporting a turban and robes at the Arabian Nights themed party at the West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver.
That photo was taken in 2001 when Trudeau was a 29-year-old teacher at the private school, according to Time magazine.
Trudeau confirmed he was dressed as a character from Aladdin and said he had his arm around a “close friend”.
“I should have known better then, but I didn’t and I did it and I’m deeply sorry,” Trudeau told reporters on his campaign plane in Nova Scotia.
“I’m p***ed off at myself, I’m disappointed in myself.”
“I take responsibility for my decision to do that… it was something that I didn’t think was racist at the time but now I recognise it was something racist to do.”
He later added: “It was dumb”.
With Election Day just a month away in his bid for another term, the 47-year-old begged forgiveness from the people of Canada.
“Darkening your face regardless of the context or the circumstances is always unacceptable because of the racist history of blackface,” he said.
“I should have understood that then, and I never should have done it.
“I have always acknowledged I came from a place of privilege, but I now need to acknowledge that comes with a massive blind spot,” the son of the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said.
He then added: “I am wary of, of being definitive about this because the recent pictures that came out I had not remembered.”
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, who is mounting a serious challenge to the prime minister in the October 21 vote, reacted by declaring Trudeau “not fit to govern this country.”
The prime minister, though, gave no sign at all that he might resign, and there were no immediate calls from any leading figures in his Liberal Party to step down.
Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, slammed Trudeau as the “biggest hypocrite in the country”.
“I’m not going to accuse Justin Trudeau of being a racist,” he said.
“But he’s the master of identity politics and the Libs just spent months accusing everyone of being white supremacists.”
Trudeau has in the past accused people who have questioned Canada’s immigration policies as being racist.
Elizabeth May, the leader of Canada’s Green Party, tweeted: “I am deeply shocked by the racism shown in the photograph of Justin Trudeau.
“He must apologise for the harm done and commit to learning and appreciating the requirement to model social justice leadership at all levels of government.
“In this matter he has failed.”
New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh, who is sikh and wears a turban, sent a message of support to anyone who has ever been bullied over their race.
The first photo appeared in the school’s 2000-2001 yearbook, The View.
Vancouver businessman, Michael Adamson, a member of the school community, shared the photo after feeling it should be made public.
The blackface scandal could undermine Trudeau’s chances for re-election with less than five weeks to go before the national election.
The photo could prove to be particularly politically embarrassing because Trudeau has been admired by liberals worldwide for his progressive policies.
The Liberal Party leader gained a record 148 seats in 2015, emerging as a darling of progressives around the world.
But his purchase of a controversial oil pipeline and an embarrassing trip to India have sent his popularity plummeting.
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Trudeau was especially vulnerable following one of the biggest scandals in Canadian political history.
This arose when Trudeau’s former attorney general said he improperly pressured her to halt the criminal prosecution of a company in Quebec.
Trudeau argued he was standing up for jobs, but he has struggled to deflect criticism.
The Liberal Party leader, who is campaigning for re-election, said he is not planning to resign[/caption]
The Canadian prime minister has been accused of ‘shocking racism’[/caption]
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