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Election 2019

Liberal war room may have to stop releasing dirt on Tory candidates, for fear of appearing ‘hypocritical’

By Neil Moss      

Former Liberal staffer Kevin Bosch says the party's war room had 'one of the best' starts to a campaign he's seen prior to the unearthing of Justin Trudeau in brownface and blackface.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured announcing the election call at Rideau Hall on Sept. 11, was photographed wearing brownface as recently as 2001. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

In the traditionally Conservative-area of Kanata-Carleton, the Liberals have highlighted the relationship between the Conservative candidate and a far-right activist, but they may have to curtail attacking the alleged detriments of Tory candidates in light of photographs surfacing showing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in brownface and blackface.

Neil Moss

Neil Moss is a reporter at The Hill Times covering federal politics, foreign policy, and defence. 
- nmoss@hilltimes.com


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In Speech from the Throne, a nod to Western alienation, promise to enshrine Indigenous rights

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News|By Palak Mangat
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‘A servant of the House’: MPs to elect Commons Speaker in early-morning ceremony

News|By Beatrice Paez
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News|By Neil Moss
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News|By Mike Lapointe
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