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Conservatives promise to spend $1.5 billion to buy new medical imaging equipment

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising to spend $1.5 billion to buy new medical imaging equipment for facilities across the country. Scheer says a Conservative government would buy MRI and CT machines to replace aging ones, which he says would reduce wait times for those tests. He cites a Conference Board of Canada report that found there...

Late-night talk show hosts take jabs at Trudeau amid blackface scandal

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau got the wrong kind of international attention Thursday as late-night talk show hosts south of the border took jabs at him for dressing in brown- and blackface when he was younger. As part of his opening segment, "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah said the reason Trudeau has been popular in the U.S. is because he's...

Trudeau seeks to right his campaign in Toronto as Scheer heads to Maritimes

OTTAWA — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in Toronto today, hoping to take back control of his re-election campaign after spending yesterday apologizing for donning blackface when he was younger. He scrapped his plans on a visit to Winnipeg, instead using the time to call supporters and leaders in minority communities, after images came out of him as a dark-skinned...

Man in photo with Trudeau not offended by costume; says ‘it’s not a big thing”

SURREY, B.C. — A man who was photographed with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in brownface said he doesn't view the costume he was wearing at a theme party in 2001 as racist. Sunny Khurana said his two children attended West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver, where Trudeau taught, and the school had a "very high standard." "There was no tolerance for...

Justin Trudeau’s painful blackface past a teachable moment: observers

TORONTO — The image of a smiling Justin Trudeau in a turban and dark makeup is unquestionably offensive, but law professor and former Ontario human rights commissioner Errol Mendes says the rest of the bombshell photo is more telling — a row of smiling friends, arm-in-arm with Trudeau, seemingly unfazed by the overt racism. "(It's a) classic example of what we in the...

Premier Horgan says Trudeau must acknowledge ‘absolutely foolish’ mistake

VICTORIA — British Columbia Premier John Horgan says he's done "stupid things" in his life but none that he would characterize as being culturally offensive. Horgan offered some advice Thursday to Justin Trudeau after photos of the prime minister surfaced showing him wearing blackface and brownface on at least three occasions. The premier says he was shocked to see the prime minister's images...

From minstrel shows to campus firestorms, Canada’s long history of blackface

Justin Trudeau's political fate hangs in the balance as a series of images of the Liberal leader wearing blackface and brownface have roiled the federal election campaign. The scandal has shocked many Canadians and seized headlines across the globe. But blackface has a long, painful legacy in Canada. Here's a look at the racist practice in history and contemporary culture: Minstrel shows While...

Where the party leaders are Friday

OTTAWA — The party leaders' scheduled public appearances on Friday, Sept. 20. All times are local. Will be updated as details are released.   Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau TBD   Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer TBD   NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh TBD   Green Leader Elizabeth May TBD   People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier St-Georges, Que. Morning — Campaigning (no location specified) Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, Que. 5 p.m. — Pub Dix 93, 1093 Vachon Blvd. N. (all-candidates debate)

Five Things: Justin Trudeau’s trip-up track record

OTTAWA — The newly unearthed images of Justin Trudeau wearing brownface and blackface that have rocked the federal election campaign comprise only the latest example of private-life revelations, gaffes or missteps that have undermined the Liberal leader's carefully cultivated image as a standard-bearer for inclusiveness and tolerance. Here are some others: 'THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATION' — At a $1,500-a-ticket Liberal fundraiser this past March, a protester...

‘Unacceptable’: Comments from party leaders, candidates on Trudeau in blackface

OTTAWA — Images of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in blackface produced widespread reaction to the images themselves, and on the issue of race and racism in Canada. Here is some of what was said by politicians, federal party leaders and candidates: "I never talked about this. Quite frankly, I was embarrassed. It was not something that represents the person I've...

Poor judgment but not a racist: Quebec’s political class weighs in on Trudeau brownface

MONTREAL — Quebec's political class largely condemned Justin Trudeau's brownface and blackface episodes Thursday, but usual political opponents sprung to the Liberal leader's defence against allegations of racism. Interim Parti Quebecois Leader Pascal Berube called Trudeau's actions an error in judgment, but also pointed to his track record on inclusiveness and diversity. "It's a very bad idea in any circumstance .......

Promise tracker: What the parties are pitching on the campaign trail

OTTAWA — A running list of specific promises announced by the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Green party since the official start of the campaign on Sept. 11. Liberals Sept. 18: Increase old age security by an extra 10 per cent once a senior turns 75 with change to take effect July 2020; increase the Canada Pension Plan survivor benefit by 25 per cent. Sept. 17:...

Canada Proud spent more than $100k boosting online posts, funded by key donors

OTTAWA — Elections Canada documents say Canada Proud has spent more than $100,000 this campaign season boosting its online anti-Trudeau message, with financing coming from thousands of Canadians as well as several key big-ticket donors. The third-party advertising group, which functions mostly as a popular Facebook page sharing memes and political content, is the federal outgrowth of a similar group focused on...

B.C. Liberal candidate’s campaign sign vandalized with blackface

KELOWNA, B.C. — A Liberal candidate in British Columbia says some of his campaign signs have been vandalized with black colouring on his face. Stephen Fuhr, who is running for re-election in the riding of Kelowna-Lake Country, says at least five signs were coloured with what appears to be black marker. Fuhr says it's sad, but he doesn't feel personally attacked. Images have surfaced of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau wearing...

Indigenous candidates ‘hurt,’ ‘frustrated’ by Trudeau blackface photos

VANCOUVER — Indigenous candidates from multiple parties say they felt shock, pain and frustration when they saw newly surfaced photos of Justin Trudeau made up in brownface and blackface. Candidates reacted to the scandal engulfing the Liberal leader at the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations annual general meeting in Vancouver today. Joan Phillip, an NDP candidate in B.C.'s Interior, says it's...

Some facts on West Point Grey academy, where Justin Trudeau once was a teacher

VANCOUVER — Here's a look at West Point Grey Academy, the school in Vancouver where Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau taught and was photographed as a 29-year-old wearing dark paint on his hands and face, dressed as Aladdin at a themed gala event:  HISTORY: The school was founded in 1996 by four families. Its website says they "envisioned a progressive coeducational independent day school"...

Trudeau delays schedule to apologize to community leaders across Canada

OTTAWA — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is delaying his campaign plans today to make phone calls to candidates and to leaders in different ethnic communities across the country. He's trying to deal with the fallout from the release last night of a controversial image of a 29-year-old Trudeau wearing dark paint on his hands and face while dressed as Aladdin. Trudeau apologized profusely for wearing the costume and makeup...

NDP leader says damage from Trudeau videos, photos can’t be underestimated

HAMILTON — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says the damage caused by photos and a video of Justin Trudeau in racist makeup cannot be underestimated, and underscores the importance of electing a New Democratic government. The comments came on what is arguably the most important day of Singh's political career, as people turn to see how the first visible minority...

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