This screengrab shows a Time Magazine article about a 2001 party at Vancouver's West Point Grey Academy that was attended by now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dressed in costume with his face and hands painted a dark colour.
OTTAWA, Ontario -Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, now fighting a tough election campaign, said Wednesday he "deeply regrets" having worn "racist" brownface makeup to a party at a school where he taught 18 years ago.
Canadian leader Justin Trudeau's campaign moved to contain a growing scandal Thursday, following the publication of a yearbook photo showing him in brownface makeup at a 2001 costume party.
Trudeau, who launched his reelection campaign exactly one week ago, said he should have known better. "I think he has to answer for it", said New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh, a Sikh who wears a turban and the first visible minority to lead a national party.
The Prime Minister said representing a multicultural riding like Papineau helped him understand the racist connotations of blackface. "This is something that I deeply, deeply regret".
"(For) communities and people who live with intersectionalities and face discrimination, it is a significant thing that is very hurtful".
Then, Global News found another video of Trudeau wearing blackface. "But I will say this to all of you, I don't believe that anybody has ever lived their lives without making errors".
His political rivals spoke out against Trudeau's actions and the political fallout could worsen as the true impact of the images sinks in among Canadians.
"The wearing of blackface/brownface is reprehensible, and hearkens back to a history of racism, slavery, and an Orientalist mythology that is unacceptable", said executive director Mustafa Farooq.
Following the release of the brown face photo, Trudeau said the following.
For an avowedly progressive leader who has urged Canadians to "accept" and not merely "tolerate" each other's differences, Trudeau's failure to avoid racial caricatures must have come as a surprise for citizens regularly lectured about their country's liberal values.
Trudeau has also openly criticized American President Donald Trump for, in his mind, espousing racist ideas, particularly in regards to Trump's immigration policies (even though Canada also has strict rules about immigration and has cracked down heavily on illegal border-jumpers in recent years).
The 47-year-old leader of the Liberal Party of Canada also reiterated his apology for the scandal while speaking to the press.
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