Liberal candidate Judy Sgro admits what she said in a radio interview nearly two weeks ago was insensitive.
Sgro, who’s seeking re-election in the riding of Humber River-Black Creek, was asked about Justin Trudeau wearing blackface.
”Those in the black community have told me how much more love they have for the prime minister, that he wanted to have a black face. That he took great pride in that, too,” said Sgro.
”And that it’s the media that have blown this into something that it shouldn’t be and that they’re very supportive.”
Sgro added nearly everyone has made ”poor choices” in their past.
The September 28th interview is now being shared online and Sgro conceded on her Facebook page her remarks were insensitive.
”I should have known better, and I apologize. The history of blackface is deeply racist and it is nothing other than discriminatory. The 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.”
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls the remarks ”ludicrous.’
Campaigning in Montreal, he said it’s embarrassing and shameful to suggest people like Trudeau more because of what he did.
”That shows a massive disconnect between the Liberal Party, and in fact Mr. Trudeau, and what real people are living and experiencing,” Singh added.