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Oct 24, 2019 · Last update 1 mo. ago.

Should Justin Trudeau resign in light of his black face scandal?

Justin Trudeau came to power on the back of a strong pro-multicultural platform, with a bold policy to welcome one million migrants to Canada over three years, and promises to respect the rights of First Nations communities. However in the run up to the 2019 Canadian federal election Trudeau was involved in a scandal whereby controversial pictures and videos became public of the Prime Minister in blackface makeup, causing widespread condemnation for this racist behaviour. Despite this Trudeau was re-elected in 2019, albeit by losing the popular vote and forming a minority government, and many critics remain more concerned about many other scandals that have surrounded Trudeau’s time in power. How was this scandal received in Canada and should Justin Trudeau consider resigning over his racist past?
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Just distracting from bigger Trudeau controversies
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Yes, history of racism and blackface in Canada
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No, it was a long time ago
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He will not resign he was just re-elected
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Just distracting from bigger Trudeau controversies

This story is just distracting from the many bigger Trudeau scandals, and demonstrates the clear problem with mainstream media; fringe cultural issues will be endlessly covered and real investigative journalism of actual political crimes will be fleeting, dragging the real issues out of the spotlight. Trudeau's crimes include obstruction of justice, dodgy arms sales, failed environmental policy, and various violations of promises to protect indigenous rights. The biggest scandals of Trudeau's time as prime minister are the SNC-Lavalin affair, the Aga Khan affair, and the WE Charity scandal, he was found guilty for the first two which should prove him corrupt and guilt of political interference. These cultural issues are often used by the media to detract from bigger issues with much larger ramifications, yes Trudeau should be shamed and pushed to resign over his history of 'brownface', but more pressure should have been applied in this way over his many political scandals.

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Yes, history of racism and blackface in Canada

Yes, Canada has a long history of racism, and particularly blackface, that Trudeau is a part of, if he seriously respected his own policies he would notice the double standard in this regard and stand down over this scandal. Blackface has its roots in the early 19th century minstrel shows and Black citizens of Toronto have petitioned city hall to ban such performances since at least the 1840s. Blackface, much like slavery and racism in general, is often depicted as a distinctly US issue, but the numerous Trudeau's blackface instances show how central and acceptable within Canadian culture blackface has been. However following this latest scandal 49% Canadians felt Trudeau should resign, Trudeau has undermined any claims to be a racially inclusive or progressive politician in any way, and moving forward Canadians are more likely to be better informed and find this behaviour completely unacceptable.

washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/21/justin-trudeaus-blackface-incidents-are-part-long-history-racism-canada globalnews.ca/news/5925961/trudeau-brownface-vancouver-school mcgill.ca/aapr/blackface-canada ryerson.ca/news-events/news/2019/10/exploring-the-untold-history-of-blackface-in-canada

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No, it was a long time ago

The fact remains that blackface just is not that offensive to most Canadians, and as a democratic system this issue is not likely to realistically lead to Trudeau being forced to leave office prematurely. In addition the blackface photos of Trudeau that emerged were from far in the past, you cannot expect someone to resign over what they did as a teenager. This issue has since been long forgotten and not had a lasting effect on Trudeau's prime ministership.

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He will not resign he was just re-elected

Justin Trudeau was recently re-elected, so Canada doesn’t seem to think his scandals were that bad... Does he need to resign? No. Does Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal highlight the need for more to be done to tackle racial inequality in Canada? Yes, definitely. He shouldn’t resign over this as it obviously is part of Canadian culture and history, but this should draw attention to this part of the culture and spur on discourse over the direction Canada wishes to go in as a country…

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