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Justin Trudeau campaign hit with ‘brownface’ photo

Sean Kilpatrick | AP
Sean Kilpatrick | AP
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau makes a rally stop in Edmonton, Alberta, on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.

OTTAWA, Ontario — Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s campaigning for national elections has been hit by the publication of a yearbook photo showing him in brownface makeup at a costume party in 2001.

Time magazine posted the photo, which it says was published in the yearbook from the West Point Grey Academy, a private school in British Columbia where Trudeau worked as a teacher before entering politics. The photo depicts Trudeau wearing a turban and robe, with dark makeup on his hands, face and neck.

Liberal Party spokesman Cameron Ahmad confirms the photo is of Trudeau. He says it was taken at the school’s annual dinner which had an “Arabian Nights” theme that year. Trudeau was dressed as a character from “Aladdin.”

Trudeau was expected to speak to reporters about the photo later tonight.


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