Thursday, September 19, 2019

EDITORIAL: Trudeau unworthy of being prime minister

Yet another photo of Justin Trudeau at West Point Grey Academy’s 2001 “Arabian Nights” gala published in the school’s ViewPoints newsletter that April.
We aren’t going to ask for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s resignation.
It’s not our place. We didn’t give him the job.
The people of Canada, collectively, did that in the 2015 election and they will decide his fate in this election on Oct. 21.
Our view is that Trudeau is not worthy of being Canada’s prime minister.
He had one chance to come clean and apologize Wednesday after a photo released by Time revealed his appalling lack of judgement in appearing in blackface at a costume party at Vancouver’s private West Point Grey Academy.
Incredibly, he asks us to believe that in 2001, at 29 years of age, at a school where he was a teacher, he didn’t know this was racist, although he does now.
During that hastily called press conference, Trudeau admitted there had been another incident in high school where he appeared in blackface singing “Day O”.
Except that wasn’t the whole truth.
Mere hours later, Global TV released a video of Trudeau as a teenager in blackface in the early 1990s.
On Thursday, Trudeau said he can’t guarantee there are no more examples of him in blackface because he didn’t remember on Wednesday the one Global revealed.
He also said he never told the Liberal party about these episodes when he was being vetted by the party as an MP, party leader and prime minister, because he was too ashamed to admit to them.
So he misled his own party as well as the public.
Trudeau now asks for Canadians to forgive him — however many times he appeared in blackface — in the precise way he was unwilling to forgive Conservative candidates his own Liberal war room accused of racism by digging up old social media posts.
That is hypocrisy on steroids by the prime minister of Canada.
If any other Liberal candidate had done what Trudeau did, he or she would have been immediately dumped.
If Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer had done this, Trudeau would demand his head.
Trudeau has always set higher standards for others than he sets for himself.
We saw it in the Lavscam, Aga Khan and groping scandals, and now this.
He’s not fit to be prime minister. Canadians should send him that message on Oct. 21.

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Political rivals react to racist Trudeau blackface images


New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jagmeet Singh speaks at the Maclean's/Citytv National Leaders Debate in Toronto on Sept. 12, 2019.
New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jagmeet Singh speaks at the Maclean's/Citytv National Leaders Debate in Toronto on Sept. 12, 2019. - Frank Gunn/Pool via Reuters

TORONTO, Ont. — 
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he would meet Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to tell him what he has done is wrong but Singh wouldn’t commit to shaking Trudeau’s hand. This after several images emerged in less than 24 hours showing Trudeau in blackface.
One is from Trudeau’s time attending a Montreal high school, another from his time teaching at a Vancouver high school and the third is a video of Trudeau in blackface making faces sometime in the early ’90s. All three incidents have been confirmed by the Liberal campaign as being Trudeau.
The images have been particularly hurtful to Singh, he admitted.
“I would meet him face to face and tell him what he did was wrong,” Singh said at a campaign stop in Hamilton on Thursday.
Yet Singh wouldn’t say if he would shake Trudeau’s hand ahead of the coming leaders debate.
“It’s a difficult thing to think about. How do you respond to somebody, how do you look someone in the eye who has mocked the lived reality that I’ve lived, but more importantly so many Canadians have lived,” Singh said.
Singh said that Canadians will get to decide whether they are willing to forgive Trudeau.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer reacted to the latest images of Trudeau in blackface by saying that his apology issued Wednesday night now rings hollow.
“I believe that Canadians might have been able to accept his apology if he had have been truthful and open, if he hadn’t based that apology on a lie,” Scheer said.
Trudeau was asked Wednesday after Time magazine published his teacher blackface photo about other instances when he may have worn blackface and only admitted to one incident.
“When I was in high school, I dressed up at a talent show and sang Day-O with makeup on,” Trudeau said.
Pressed on whether there were more than the two incidents, Trudeau gave a rather flip reply.
“The fact of the matter is that I’ve always and you’ll notice been more enthusiastic about costumes than somehow is sometimes appropriate. But these are the situations that I regret deeply,” Trudeau said.
The Liberal campaign is in Winnipeg Thursday and cancelled planned events while Trudeau has been making calls to MPs, candidates, staff and supporters. He is expected to address the latest video and reaction later Thursday.
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..and Trudeau's best friends the Chinese, just what are they thinking now.

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