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Blackface/brownface photos will make re-election campaign the fight of Trudeau’s political life: pollsters

By Abbas Rana      

An Innovative Research poll suggested 26 per cent of Canadians say they experience discrimination in their daily life, and a plurality of them are Liberal Party supporters. It remains to be seen how these people react to the recent revelations about Mr. Trudeau, says pollster Greg Lyle.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Sept. 20, 2019, campaigning with Liberal MPs Nate Erskine-Smith and Julie Dabrusin on the Danforth in Toronto. Mr. Trudeau's brown face and blackface makeup controversy has thrown the campaign team into full damage control mode, and this issue will likely be a key subject at the leaders' debates, say pollsters. Photograph courtesy of Twitter

Last week’s bombshell pictures showing the prime minister wearing blackface and brownface, at least three times since he was a teenager and the latest in 2001, have made Justin Trudeau’s campaign for a second term in power the fight of his political life, and a lot more complicated, say some pollsters.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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