TRUDEAU DOUBLES DOWN ON APOLOGY FOR BROWN AND BLACKFACE IMAGES

Sep 19, 2019

By Bob Komsic

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Justin Trudeau recalled two photos from his past when the Liberal leader first apologized Wednesday evening.
A third image surfaced in video today, prompting Trudeau to say sorry directly to racialized Canadians who face discrimination daily.
”What I did hurt them … This is something that I deeply, deeply, regret,” the Liberal leader told reporters in Winnipeg this afternoon.
(Winnipeg Free Press)
”I have always acknowledged that I come from a place of privilege, but I now need to acknowledge that comes with a massive blind spot,” Trudeau added.
He went on to say he never spoke about the images before, because he was ”embarrassed,” adding his past does not define the politician he’s become.
Reaction among Liberals is mixed.
Greg Fergus, a black MP seeking re-election in Hull-Aylmer, Quebec, says Trudeau should be judged on his ”great record” promoting diversity and equality, not something from years ago.
Omar Alghabra, who’s seeking re-election for Mississauga Centre, says his heart sank when he saw the images.
”It’s not something I expected to see Justin Trudeau doing,” adding he didn’t know Trudeau then but that the man he knows now fights against hate, intolerance and prejudice.
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