Trudeau can’t escape blackface scandal as new photo lands on eve of Canada election

​Another disturbing photo of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface surfaced Sunday on the eve of a national election that will determine whether he remains in power.

The photo​ showed Trudeau at a 2001 Arabian Nights-themed party wearing a turban and dark makeup and sticking out his tongue.​

He apologized in 2019 when similar images from the same gala emerged shortly before an election, saying the “buck stops with me and I have a responsibility.”​

He did not comment on the recent image.

Canada Proud, a grassroots group supporting Trudeau’s challenger​ Erin O’Toole, posted the photo on Twitter. 

“​A new photo of Trudeau in blackface has leaked. It’s time to end the international embarrassment. Only Erin O’Toole can stop Justin Trudeau​,” the tweet said. ​

The newly surfaced photo of Trudeau in blackface from a 2001 party.

It’s the third time photos of Trudeau, the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, have emerged showing him wearing blackface.​

He called ​for an early election last month — two years before the next scheduled vote — hoping to capitalize on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and polls that showed the Liberal Party with a substantial lead over its Conservative rivals.

He was hoping the lead in the polls would translate to his party winning back a majority in Parliament it lost in 2019.

But following the election announcement, the polls tightened to a virtual tie between Trudeau and O’Toole.

Trudea voting in Canada's election alongside his children in Montreal on September 20, 2021.
Trudea voting in Canada’s election alongside his children in Montreal on September 20, 2021.
Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP

Trudeau, 48, has pushed for vaccine mandates, but O’Toole opposes them and has suggested a combination of voluntary vaccinations and rapid testing. 

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