Time Magazine released a photo of Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing blackface at a party in 2001, when he was a teacher at West Point Grey Academy, a private school in Vancouver.
TRUDEAU PHOTOS WEARING BLACKFACE RELEASED
The photo was taken when Trudeau was 29 years old. He was wearing a turban, with his skin painted black.
Time Magazine received a copy of the yearbook from Michael Adamson, a Vancouver businessman and West Point Grey Academy alumni.
While Adamson was not present at the party, he said that he felt that it should be made public.
Trudeau spoke to the media on his campaign plane on Wednesday night, right after Time Magazine’s publication of the article.
TRUDEAU APOLOGIZES FOR RACIST PHOTOS
“I shouldn’t have done that. I should have known better and I didn’t. I’m really sorry,” Trudeau said. “I didn’t consider it racist at the time, but now we know better.”
The Liberal Party of Canada has confirmed that it was indeed Justin Trudeau wearing blackface in the photo. In a statement, the party said, “It was a photo taken while he was teaching in Vancouver, at the school’s annual dinner which had a costume theme of ‘Arabian Nights.’ He attended with friends and colleagues dressed as a character from Aladdin”.
The photo could not have come at a worst time for Trudeau, who is campaigning to be reelected as Prime Minister.
POLITICAL OPPONENTS CONDEMN TRUDEAU BLACKFACE PHOTOS
Trudeau is already dealing with persistent concerns about allegations of corruption stemming from the SNC Lavellin scandal.
Over the years, Trudeau has carefully crafted his public image as a champion for minority groups, embracing Canada’s multicultural community as a central focus of his leadership.
Many of Trudeau’s cabinet ministers are from ethnic minorities.
Previously, Trudeau has received criticism, including the wardrobe fiasco during a trip to India, when his family wore elaborate Indian clothes for a photo opportunity.
Time Magazine reached out to the women in the photo with Trudeau, most of whom declined to comment.
Requests for comments by Time Magazine from staff at West Point Grey Academy were declined.
WEST POINT ACADEMY ALUMNI AND STAFF DECLINE TO COMMENT ON BLACKFACE PHOTOS
Trudeau taught French classes at West Point Grey Academy, one of Vancouver’s most expensive private schools, until 2001.
During his 2015 campaign, Trudeau downplayed his tenure at West Point Grey Academy, instead focusing on his time as a teacher at a Vancouver public school.
When Trudeau apologized for the Time Magazine photo, he also took the opportunity to acknowledge a second instance where he wore blackface while singing a Harry Belafonte song.
Trudeau has since apologized 19 times.
THIRD VIDEO OF TRUDEAU BLACKFACE RELEASED BY GLOBAL NEWS
Global News has received another video of Trudeau wearing blackface. The third instance comes twelve hours after the publication of the Time Magazine article.
In the video, Trudeau is seen wearing white t-shirt and ripped jeans, raising his hands in the air, laughing and sticking out his tongue.
He is again wearing blackface. The video appears to be from a different event from the West Point Grey Academy photo.
Canadians will vote for their next government on October 17, 2019.
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