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On October 21, Canadians will go to the polls in the 43rd Canadian federal election. Justin Trudeau has been prime minister since 2015 after sending Conservative Prime Minister Steven Harper into retirement and gaining 148 seats in parliament—the largest increase since Canada became a British dominion in 1867. Will the “golden boy” of former PM Pierre Trudeau still be in power come October 22? Well, things just got interesting.
Trudeau had seemingly made it through the SNC-Lavalin government corruption scandal, a trip to India that turned into a public relations nightmare, and a groping accusation dating back to 2000. However, a blackface bombshell broken by Time magazine has cast the Liberal PM’s re-election chances into some doubt.
Blackface - Scandal - Trudeau - Brand - Career
The blackface scandal has undoubtedly chipped away at Trudeau’s personal brand. He’s spent most of his career in politics crafting an image as a compassionate, tolerant, and nearly transcendent figure. For years, the Canadian PM has been the left’s poster-boy for “diversity,” “inclusivity,” and “equality,” exemplified by a 2018 townhall exchange where Trudeau insisted a questioner use the phrase “peoplekind” instead of “mankind.”
With his tepid response to the increasing amount of blackface photos (and video as well), Trudeau’s credibility as a champion of “multicultural values” and “racialized communities” is now being questioned even by those on the left. The blackface revelations prompted the Washington Post to opine that “Canada’s left should dump Justin Trudeau.”
Trudeau - Claim - Nature - Blackface - Makeup
While some may accept Trudeau’s claim that he wasn’t aware of the problematic nature of his blackface makeup while he was in high school in the ‘90s, voters may have a harder time forgiving Trudeau for his “brownface” used for an “Arabian Nights”-themed party from 2001, when the would-be PM was 29 years old.
However, even before the blackface photos and video emerged, cracks began to emerge in Trudeau’s image. Results from a...
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