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    Thread for Canadian Election October 21 2019

    This thread is for the Canadian Federal Election to be held October 21

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    Canada's Trudeau, star dimmed by scandals, kicks off tough re-election campaign

    David Ljunggren
    September 11, 2019 / 7:04 AM / Updated 2 hours ago

    OTTAWA, September 11 (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, admired abroad for his progressive policies but damaged by scandals at home, kicks off a six-week re-election campaign on Wednesday with opinion polls suggesting his hold on power will be weakened.

    Trudeau, who swept to office in November 2015 promising “sunny ways” and stressing the importance of gender equality, gay rights and the environment, faces an electorate more focused on the economy and affordability when it votes on October 21.

    Trudeau will visit the Ottawa residence of Governor General Julie Payette, the acting head of state, to formally launch the race at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT).

    The 47-year-old married father of three, whose colorful socks and classic good looks are often splashed across the international media, may have history on his side. Not since 1935 has a Canadian prime minister who won a parliamentary majority in his first term been booted from office in the next election.

    But Trudeau may not win enough seats to govern by himself after a series of missteps that called into question his leadership while cutting into his once sky-high popularity. That would leave him and his Liberal Party weakened, relying on opposition members of parliament to push through legislation.

    A Nanos Research poll released on Tuesday showed the Liberals at 34.6% and the main opposition Conservatives, led by Andrew Scheer, at 30.7%. That margin would not be enough to guarantee a majority of seats in the House of Commons.

    ‘PUNISH THE BUMS’

    Senior Liberals say they are quietly confident of victory and predict Trudeau will campaign much more effectively than Scheer, 40, who is fighting his first election as Conservative leader.

    But Canadian campaigns can produce major surprises. The Liberals trailed in third place when the 2015 election was called but steadily improved to pull off an outright victory.

    “This is not a ‘Throw the bums out’ election. This is a ‘Punish the bums’ election,” said Nik Nanos, head of Nanos Research.

    Trudeau’s challenge is that he is running on his record rather than the uplifting message of hope and change that helped the Liberals attract record numbers of green, youth and aboriginal voters in 2015.

    Since then, Trudeau, the son of former Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, has broken major campaign promises by scrapping plans to introduce voter reform and allowing budget deficits to mushroom. He also angered environmentalists by buying an oil pipeline to ensure crude exports could increase.

    “For average Canadians, the key takeaway ... is that Justin Trudeau is not an exception, he’s like other politicians,” said Nanos.

    Liberals, however, cite near-record low jobless numbers, booming growth and lower levels of poverty as grounds for re-election.

    “(We) have delivered for Canadians for four years in a way that is concrete and measurable,” said a senior party official.

    WORLD IS WATCHING

    Although rivals may dismiss Trudeau’s achievements, diplomats in allied countries say his focus on feminism, the environment and the need for multilateral organizations is important at a time when populism is on the rise and the United States seems intent on shrinking its global ambitions.

    “We are paying very close attention. What will it mean if one of the few remaining progressive leaders is defeated?” said an official at one major Western embassy in Ottawa.

    The worst moment of Trudeau’s tenure came in February, when former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould accused the prime minister and top officials of inappropriately pressuring her to ensure that construction firm SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a trial on corruption charges.

    Last month, a top watchdog ruled the prime minister and his team had indeed breached ethics rules.

    Trudeau also raised eyebrows when he admitted he had had no idea Wilson-Raybould was unhappy, prompting questions about how involved he was in the day-to-day running of the country.

    Scheer had surged after the SNC-Lavalin affair, but he appears to be struggling in Ontario, the most populous of Canada’s 10 provinces, where a conservative premier is pushing through unpopular spending cuts.

    Major planks of the Liberal platform will include measures to address cellphone and internet bills and a limited expansion to the universal healthcare system to cover part of the cost of prescription drugs, say party insiders.

    Scheer promises to halt what he calls unsustainable government spending, saying in a video last week: “We have a plan for a government that lives within its means so we can put more money in your pocket.”

    Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Steve Scherer and Peter Cooney

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/canad...-idUKL2N2611KG

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    Canada: Huawei 5G wireless decision to wait until after vote

    July 30, 2019

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadians won’t find out until after this fall’s federal election whether Chinese tech giant Huawei can provide equipment for the country’s next-generation 5G wireless network, Canada’s public safety minister said Tuesday.

    Ralph Goodale said Canada needs more information from the United States about the nature of the potential security threat posed by the state-owned company. The election is October 21.

    Goodale commented after Canada and its Five Eyes intelligence allies wrapped up a meeting Tuesday that began with divisions over whether to let Huawei supply the equipment for the 5G system. The United States and Australia have banned Huawei, citing concerns it is an organ of Chinese military intelligence — a charge the company denies.

    The issue arises as Canada and China are locked in a political dispute. China’s imprisonment of two Canadians is being seen as retaliation for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s decision to arrest Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. extradition warrant.

    https://www.apnews.com/7a01aad65f2943d08e5a903545f7d5ae

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    “For average Canadians, the key takeaway ... is that Justin Trudeau is not an exception, he’s like other politicians,” said Nanos.
    Not exactly......he is not bright enough to be a politician, but he can follow orders, which he does well. An Obama clone, who cannot speak without a Prompter.

    it's "um, ah", er, hmmm, erp" etc when asked to say something off the cuff......in Parliament, it is his rehearsed speech, from which he won't deviate.

    In the West and Ontario, and some of the Maritimes, he is abhorred and hated and if he does get back in, we have heard some say he will be dead within days. Not a threat, but that is how strongly some people feel.

    Yesterday in Manitoba, Liberals were almost wiped out - Conservatives 36, NDP (New Democrat Party) 18 (much of native land), Liberals 3. We can only hope the Federal Election reflects this.
    True North Strong and Free

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    The race is on: Canada's campaign gets off to rocky start for some

    Steve Scherer
    September 11, 2019 / 11:04 AM / Updated 22 minutes ago

    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday formally launched a six-week campaign for re-election in which he and his rivals will crisscross the country in planes and on buses to try to win over voters.

    “Canadians will head to the polls on October 21,” Trudeau told reporters after Governor General Julie Payette, the acting head of state, agreed to dissolve parliament. “We’ve done a lot this past four years, but the truth is we’re just getting started.”

    While the election date has been set for some time, Canada’s official campaign period is a tradition fraught with unexpected turns that can lead to unforeseen outcomes. The ruling Liberals were in third place when the 2015 election was called, but pulled off an outright victory.

    Trudeau and his main opponent, Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer, are in a dead heat according to national polls, but smaller parties on the right and left could also play key roles as spoilers or kingmakers on election day.

    After making the announcement, Trudeau left for Vancouver, British Colombia, where he will hold a campaign rally later on Wednesday. Green Party leader Elizabeth May and Jagmeet Singh, the leader of the left-wing New Democrat Party, started the day with rallies.

    Scheer said Trudeau “has lost the moral authority to govern” after the Globe and Mail newspaper reported that his government was stonewalling police who were looking into the SNC-Lavalin scandal, a corporate corruption case that has dogged the prime minister this year.

    Scheer, along with a number of embedded journalists, then boarded his signature campaign jet for Quebec, though the flight was diverted to an airport more than an hour from his planned rally due to fog.

    For Trudeau, the Globe and Mail report upset what had been a carefully staged morning in which he was filmed walking his three kids to school with his wife, Sophie, before meeting with the governor general. After the meeting, Trudeau faced a barrage of questions from journalists about the story.

    Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Paul Simao

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-ca...-idUKKCN1VW22U

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    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-c...-idUSKCN1VW25F


    NEWSSEPTEMBER 11, 2019 / 11:46 AM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO
    Factbox: Details on Canada's federal election
    Moira Warburton
    4 MIN READ

    (Reuters) - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally launched the race for the Oct. 21 election on Wednesday. Here is a breakdown of how Canadian elections work and the possible outcomes.

    THE SYSTEM
    Canada is a parliamentary democracy where the party that controls the greatest number of seats in the legislature forms a government. There are 338 seats in the House of Commons that represent the same number of “ridings” across the country. The candidate who wins the most votes captures the riding. The party whose candidates win the most ridings forms a government, and parliament votes to make the leader of that party the prime minister.

    The system, similar to the one in Great Britain, can result in a majority government, where the party that wins more than 50% of the ridings governs alone. In Canada, this means a party would need to win at least 170 seats in the House of Commons to secure a majority. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government had 177 seats when parliament went into recess earlier this year.

    Another possible outcome is a minority government, where a party wins more ridings than any other, but falls short of a 170-seat majority. This is considered a less stable form of government, because the other parties could join forces in parliament and vote out the government, possibly triggering another election. Canada has had 12 minority governments in its history.

    A less likely alternative to a minority government is a coalition government. This is when the winning party does not win a majority, but it seals a formal alliance with a smaller party to secure a clear majority and form a government. Canada has not had a peacetime coalition government in modern times.

    The so-called first-past-the-post voting system means that a party can capture a majority in parliament by winning less than 40% of the popular vote.

    THE PARTIES
    Liberal Party of Canada - Center-left party currently governing, led by Trudeau, 47.

    Conservative Party of Canada - Center-right party currently holding official opposition party status, led by Andrew Scheer, 40.

    New Democratic Party (NDP) - Left-wing party led by Jagmeet Singh, 40.

    Green Party - Left-wing party focused on the environment and climate change, led by Elizabeth May, 65.

    Bloc Quèbècois - Quebec separatist party that only runs candidates in the province, led by Yves-François Blanchet, 54.

    People’s Party of Canada - Right-wing party, founded by Maxime Bernier, 56, last year after an unsuccessful bid for leadership of the Conservative party.

    The Liberals and Conservatives have been in a statistical tie nationally in the polls in recent weeks, while the NDP and Greens are battling for third place and possible kingmaker status in the event of a minority government.

    THE FORMAL CAMPAIGN
    Canada’s elections are scheduled to take place on the third Monday of October every four years, although the prime minister can call an election at any time.

    To trigger an election, the prime minister asks the governor general - Canada’s representative of its head of state, Queen Elizabeth II - to drop a “writ”, or issue a formal written order for a vote. He did that on Wednesday.

    The following official campaign period lasts until election day, which is Oct. 21.

    THE MONEY
    Parties are capped on how much they can spend per candidate in a district - just C$0.74 (56 U.S. cents) per voter in a district where they are running a candidate, which works out to a total of roughly C$28 million ($21.3 million) for a party that fields a candidate in each of the 338 ridings.

    The Conservatives raised far more money than their competitors in the second quarter, according to financial filings released by Elections Canada.

    ($1 = 1.3177 Canadian dollars)

    Reporting by Moira Warburton; Editing by Steve Scherer and Lisa Shumaker

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    Trudeau Junior rode to power on this Dad's 1960's era tenure as Canadian leader, and so has NO clout of his own. He is a feckless, useless, "pretty boy type," with his wife and kids who has done more to DESTROY CANADA than can be believed. Trudeau Junior has fully implemented the whole PC, Pro Muslim, Sharia law, racial set asides, unlimited immigration and MUSLIM TERRORIST REFUGEES. Plus, Trudeau Junior is so blatantly CORRUPT as to beggar description.

    The only real issue is whether or not there are still enough "traditional Canadians," to vote his sorry, globalist, traitor ass out of office. Canadians had most of their gun rights stripped already, like Britain, Australia, and now New Zealand so Trudeau may just steal the election and Soros will add Canada to his Empire.
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    Canadians still have most of their gun rights - you can buy almost anything except a machine gun......

    You just have to register it......and get permits for some, but guns are not a big deal in this election - it is Corruption, Blocking of Pipelines, Oil and Gas investment lured from Canada, and lack of manufacturing in the East......oh, and farmers are not happy, again, but they sure don't like supporting Quebecrs, so they will vote Conservative to try to change the Equalization formula.

    But if Trudeau is not dumped, the Western provinces will start to raise Separation again......and this time it will work. Alberta has no Liberal seats, Manitoba has 3, Saskatchewan has 1.
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    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-c...-idUSKCN1VX231


    NEWSSEPTEMBER 12, 2019 / 11:42 AM / UPDATED 33 MINUTES AGO
    Canada's Conservative leader attacks Trudeau - who wasn't present - in first debate
    Steve Scherer, David Ljunggren
    4 MIN READ

    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada’s Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer used the first official debate ahead of next month’s election to attack Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was not present, but struggled to shine against his two other opponents.

    It was the first opportunity for Scheer, who won party leadership in 2017, to demonstrate he had what it takes to lead the country as he faced off against veteran Green Party leader, Elizabeth May, and left-wing New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh, both of whom were more combative than Scheer.

    “I think we can all agree. Justin Trudeau is afraid of his record and that’s why he’s not here tonight,” Scheer said in the debate hosted by Citytv and Macleans news magazine in Toronto.

    The debate organizers set up an empty podium to underscore that Trudeau had declined an invitation. As the event began, the Liberal Party leader was instead speaking at a rally in western Canada.

    The formal campaign for the Oct. 21 vote kicked off on Wednesday and Trudeau has agreed to participate in three of the five leaders’ debates.

    Scheer and Trudeau are in a dead heat according to national polls, but Liberals have an edge in more individual ridings or districts.

    The New Democrats are in a distant third with the environmentalist Greens nipping at their heels, polls show. Both could play kingmakers after the election if no one wins an outright majority.

    During the debate, Scheer focused criticism on Trudeau while Singh, who was also participating in his first-ever national debate, attacked the Conservatives’ record on indigenous issues and its opposition to broadening national healthcare coverage to medicines.

    Singh, who is Sikh and wears a turban, also said he would challenge Quebec’s ban on public employees wearing religious symbols, while Scheer steered away from such a move. French-speaking Quebec is a key battleground province for all the parties, and the ban is popular there.

    It’s legalized discrimination and it’s sad and it’s hurtful,” Singh said. Both Singh and May also went after Scheer on climate change, saying the Conservative plan wasn’t credible.

    Scheer’s second day of the official campaign got off to a rocky start when he was forced to repeat a pledge not to dial back abortion rights after a Liberal cabinet minister tweeted a video of a Conservative candidate saying she was shocked at the lack of limits on abortion.

    “We have always made it very clear... that a Conservative government will not reopen this issue,” Scheer said, accusing his opponents of fear-mongering in a bid to deflect attention from “their scandals and corruption”.

    Last month, a top watchdog ruled Trudeau had breached ethics rules by pressuring the former justice minister to ensure a major construction firm would avoid a corruption trial.

    Trudeau was at a rally in Edmonton, Alberta, where he talked up his economic record and the low unemployment rate to a packed room of Liberal supporters who shouted “Four more years!” and waved signs that read “Hope and Hard Work”.

    But Trudeau’s second day also had its challenges. The Liberals were forced to abandon their “Trudeau” branded campaign plane for a generic one after the bus carrying reporters following the campaign scraped the left wing of the Boeing 737.

    Additional reporting by Kelsey Johnson in Ottawa; Editing by Marguerita Choy, Steve Orlofsky and Lincoln Feast.

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    Peoples Party of Canada - Maxime Bernier (Canadas Donald Trump)
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    Maxime Bernier is saying what people want to hear, but he is not committed to the policies and doesn't have the organization. Can't afford to split the vote against Trudeau, with candidates who are maybe less than qualified......like the NDP rounded up last time to run and they accidentally got elected.

    For once I agree with the CBC - People's Party - on the margins of the margins.....on a good day. We read his literature, some of it interesting, but if the Conservatives don't get it, it will be the rise of the Western Separatists again.
    True North Strong and Free

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    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-c...-idUSKBN1W40DN

    NEWSSEPTEMBER 19, 2019 / 1:04 AM / UPDATED 6 HOURS AGO
    'Mad Max,' Canada's populist candidate, has a score to settle and it could shape the election
    Steve Scherer
    5 MIN READ

    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Maxime “Mad Max” Bernier, one of the most right-wing figures ever seen in Canadian federal politics, has a score to settle and nothing to lose - a potent mix that could shape the outcome of next month’s national election.

    The 56-year-old Bernier - a former minister of foreign affairs and industry - founded the populist People’s Party of Canada (PPC) a year ago after narrowly losing his bid for the leadership of the main opposition Conservative Party to Andrew Scheer.

    In his parting speech, Bernier, who is from the predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec, repeatedly attacked Scheer and deemed the party “too intellectually and morally corrupt to be reformed.”

    Bernier has since stolen a page from U.S. President Donald Trump’s playbook - and that of European populists like Italy’s Matteo Salvini - proposing measures unheard of in contemporary Canadian mainstream politics.

    They include pledging to build a fence at the U.S. border to crack down on asylum seekers, slashing immigration levels, rejecting the idea that climate change is caused by humans and defunding the public broadcaster.

    He even found time to attack 16-year-old Swedish climate advocate Greta Thunberg, calling her mentally unstable.

    Bernier’s contempt for political correctness and his rejection of multiculturalism as a “cult of diversity” could pose a real problem for the more moderate Scheer, who is in a tight race with Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the Oct. 21 national vote.

    The PPC is polling between 1% and 3% nationally and Bernier risks losing even his own seat south of Quebec City. But if he grows more popular, it could split the right-of-center vote and hand parties on the left, including the Liberals, seats they would not have otherwise won.

    “Eight to 10 Conservative seats are in play ... because the People’s Party is siphoning off 5% or 6% of the support” in those districts, pollster Nik Nanos of Nanos Research said. “If Bernier climbs to 5% or 10%, it’s a Liberal win.”

    In speeches across the country and on social media, Bernier targets Scheer as a “fake Conservative” whose policies are virtually the same as Trudeau’s.

    Scheer “has no clear principles or program,” Bernier said in his first party conference, held in a casino hotel in Quebec last month. “He’s pandering to every interest group in the country.”

    Bernier was initially shut out of two official leaders’ debates set for next month, but organizers later said he could take part. That will put him on the national stage alongside Scheer and Trudeau.

    I look forward to holding him to account publicly for his intolerant views,” Trudeau said.

    Scheer has largely shrugged off Bernier’s criticism, saying he is focused on defeating Trudeau. A Conservative official said the PPC “is a party that’s just going nowhere.”

    ‘I’M AUTHENTIC’
    Rick Anderson, a former Conservative campaign director, said the debates would allow Bernier to cast himself as the only leader in touch with what many voters are really thinking, a man prepared to say things no one else dares say on topics such as immigration and Canadian identity.

    The debates ... will probably more than double Bernier’s support,” he said. “The Liberals know that and they’re counting on that being at Scheer’s expense.”

    More than 20% of Canada’s population was born in another country, the highest proportion among the Group of Seven industrialized nations, and the country’s multiculturalism has long been touted as a source of pride.

    So there is also a risk that Bernier will make Scheer look like “the voice of reason” among moderates who have been drifting back and forth between Liberals and Conservatives, Frank Graves of EKOS Research polling company said.

    Bernier’s famous “Mad Max” nickname - after the Mel Gibson movie character - dates back to his losing effort for the Conservative leadership. In a Facebook post with his head photoshopped onto Gibson’s body, Bernier said he was “mad about government waste” and “politics as usual,” among other things.

    While still a Conservative, Bernier increasingly turned into a square peg who stood out. Now he is embracing his inner maverick and the kind of identity politics in fashion south of the border.

    When asked by Reuters at the PPC conference if he considered himself Canada’s Trump, he said no.

    “I’m myself. I’m authentic,” he said.

    Reporting by Steve Scherer; Additional reporting by Kelsey Johnson; Editing by Peter Cooney

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    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-c...-idUSKBN1W406U

    NEWSSEPTEMBER 18, 2019 / 10:41 PM / UPDATED 7 HOURS AGO
    Reactions to Canadian PM Trudeau's brown face 2001 picture
    3 MIN READ

    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized on Wednesday for wearing brown face make-up in 2001 after an embarrassing picture emerged less than five weeks out from a tightly contested general election.

    Following are reactions from his political rivals and other commentators in the Oct. 21 national election:

    CONSERVATIVE LEADER ANDREW SCHEER:
    “I was extremely shocked and disappointed when I learned of Justin Trudeau’s actions this evening. Wearing brown face is an act of open mockery and racism. What Canadians saw this evening is someone with a complete lack of judgment and integrity and someone who’s not fit to govern this country.”

    GREEN PARTY LEADER ELIZABETH MAY:
    “I am deeply shocked by the racism shown in the photograph of Justin Trudeau. He must apologize for the harm done and commit to learning and appreciating the requirement to model social justice leadership at all levels of government. In this matter he has failed.”

    PEOPLE’S PARTY LEADER MAXIME BERNIER
    “I’m not going to accuse Justin Trudeau of being a racist.

    But he’s the master of identity politics and the Libs just spent months accusing everyone of being white supremacists. He is definitely is the biggest hypocrite in the country.”

    NEW DEMOCRAT LEADER JAGMEET SINGH, WHO IS SIKH WHO WEARS A TURBAN:

    “I face a lot of racism in my life and I’ve got to be honest with you, I fought back with my fists. But there were a lot of people who weren’t able to do that. One of my friends told me how he was not able to do that.

    And seeing this image today, the kids that see this image, the people who see this image, are going to think about all the times in their life that they were made fun of, that they were hurt, that they were hit, that they were insulted, that they were made to feel less because of who they are.

    “I want to talk to those people right now. I want to talk to all the kids out there, all the folks that live this and now are grown up and are still feeling the pain of racism.

    “I want you to know that you might feel like giving up on Canada. You might feel like giving up on yourselves. I want you to know that you have value, you have worth, you are loved. And I don’t want you to give up on Canada and please don’t give up on yourselves.”

    DARRELL BRICKER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF POLLING FIRM IPSOS PUBLIC AFFAIRS:

    “It will take a couple of days before we know if there is any lasting damage to the Liberals’ re-election prospects.

    “What we do know is that the Prime Minister’s image has been critical to the Liberals’ political success. This picture runs completely contrary to the image of tolerance the Prime Minister has so scrupulously cultivated. It can’t be good for him or his Party.”

    Reporting by Steve Scherer and David Ljunggren. Editing by Lincoln Feast.

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    What I want to know is how they've managed to have a SIX WEEK election season. We're more than a year away and already into it. Ugggg.

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    they've managed to have a SIX WEEK election season
    But we have been complaining for 4 years since the last Election......we feel a bit like you all when you had to endure 8 years of Obama.
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    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-c...-idUSKBN1W4246

    NEWSSEPTEMBER 19, 2019 / 11:11 AM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO
    Canadian PM Trudeau's brownface scandal deepens as other images emerge
    Steve Scherer, David Ljunggren
    4 MIN READ

    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s brownface picture scandal deepened on Thursday as new damaging images emerged, and the Liberal leader reached out to his candidates in next month’s federal election to apologize.

    With less than five weeks to go before a national vote, Time magazine published a picture of Trudeau on Wednesday in brown face from a 2001 “Arabian Nights” party when he was a 29-year-old teacher at a private school in Vancouver.

    After apologizing to Canadians in a hastily staged meeting with the media on his campaign plane on Wednesday, Trudeau held a conference call for all his 338 candidates on Thursday.

    The prime minister expressed his apology and regret and said this happened 20 years ago,” one Liberal on the call said. “He said this is the moment for us to continue to work together to understand the pain of people who are on the receiving end of racism and stereotypes.”

    The Liberal leader has two campaign events planned for later on Thursday, and is due to speak to reporters at an event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at 2:15 p.m. ET (1815 GMT).


    Even before the brownface scandal, the race going into the Oct. 21 vote was tight. But the release of the bombshell images could be a turning point, in part because Liberals have traditionally attracted support from immigrant communities.

    “It is clearly very damaging at this time and the full impacts will not become clear for a week or so,” said Frank Graves, head of EKOS Research polling company.

    “I don’t think it will be fatal but time will tell. The Liberals have high ground on the diversity and racism file, and Trudeau needs to unremittingly note how he screwed up... Voters will then decide,” he said.

    Trudeau has championed racial equality and diversity as prime minister over the past four years, and he has three prominent ministers of Indian descent in his cabinet.

    Greg Fergus, a black Liberal legislator from Quebec, said Trudeau had called him before the story broke to apologize.

    “I don’t believe that anybody has ever lived their lives without making errors,” Fergus told reporters in Ottawa, saying Canadians should focus on “all the amazing things we have done for diversity”.

    DAY O”
    On Wednesday, Trudeau also admitted to performing “Day O”, a traditional Jamaican song made famous by Harry Belafonte, in brown face during a high school talent show years earlier. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp then published a picture from the performance that a Liberal spokeswoman confirmed as authentic.

    Global News put out a video showing Trudeau again in dark make-up making faces and sticking his tongue out. It was not immediately clear exactly when that video was from.

    “We can confirm that it is him and it’s from the early 1990s,” a Liberal official said.

    Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer, Trudeau’s main rival, said that the video was proof that the prime minister had lied during his apology on Wednesday because he only mentioned having dressed in brown face twice.

    “He did something that was racist and he lied about the extent of such activities,” Scheer told reporters in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec.

    But Scheer also acknowledged the Conservatives had leaked the video to Global News.

    Trudeau has seen his once sky-high popularity hurt by a series of missteps, including a ruling last month by a top watchdog that he had breached ethics rules by pressuring the former justice minister to ensure a major construction firm avoid a corruption trial.[L2N26A0L5]

    On Wednesday, Trudeau brushed off suggestions he might quit.

    Additional reporting by Kelsey Johnson, reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Alistair Bell

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