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Trudeau apologizes for brown face photo

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Published on September 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:13s

Trudeau apologizes for brown face photo

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologizes for wearing brown face make-up in 2001 after an embarrassing picture emerged less than five weeks before an election in which he faces a tough fight.

Ryan Brooks reports.

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Trudeau apologizes for brown face photo

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized after a photo surfaced of him wearing brown face at a party in 2001.

Trudeau spoke to reporters Wednesday (September 18) after Time Magazine published the image.

He said he was dressed up in an Aladdin costume for gala where the theme was Arabian Nights.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU, SAYING: "I take responsibility for my decision to do that.

I shouldn't have done it.

I should have known better.

It was something that I didn't think was racist at the time, but now I recognize that it was something racist to do, and I am deeply sorry." When asked if he would have told someone else to resign if they'd done this, Trudeau did not answer the question: (SOUNDBITE) (English) CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU, SAYING: "I think there are people who've made mistakes in in this life and you make decisions based on what they actually do, what they did, and on a case by case basis I think.

I, I deeply regret that we, that I did that I should have known better but I didn't." Trudeau is currently on the campaign trail before Canadian federal elections.

The image could undermine his chances for re-election with less than five weeks to go before polls open.

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