New Brunswick — Outrage is pouring in from around the world after news broke that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was pictured in 2001 wearing a costume with his face coloured brown.
The picture was reported to have been taken at a school event that had an “Arabian Nights” theme, but many New Brunswickers are taking the photo personally, believing that Trudeau was actually poking fun at them and how dirty they are.
“If you ain’t got dirt on your face, you ain’t got none on your hands neither,” expressed Al Harris, who owns a dairy farm in Keswick. “I think this here picture is a clear indication that the prime minister thinks he’s better than us here in New Brunswick just because we know the meaning of hard work.”
Harris is one of many in the Picture Province who are calling for Trudeau’s resignation in light of the insensitive photo.
“It’s just rude that he thinks it’s okay to dress up like he’s from here,” agreed Faye Normand from Hartland. “He ain’t even doing it right anyway — no camo, no cigarette and no Alpine. I mean, the paint on the face is disrespectful enough but if you’re gonna commit to something, you better get the whole thing down pat.”
At a press conference Wednesday evening Trudeau admitted his actions were wrong, and asked for Canadians’ forgiveness.
“I am deeply saddened and wish I had known better. To all of those I’ve offended: I’m sorry. To those of colour, or to those who are against intolerance, or to those in New Brunswick: I’m deeply, deeply sorry.”
The Manatee spoke with Fredericton’s Liberal MP Matt DeCourcey, who defended the prime minister.
“People make mistakes, you know, and we should look at their body of work and judge them on their overall actions and not based on a few missteps from when they were younger. Unless they’re not Liberals.”
Our reporter was able to get a quick statement from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who surprisingly empathized with Trudeau and called on Canadians to heed the advice he gave earlier in the week when he said candidates should be forgiven as long as they apologize for what they’ve done or said.
“That’s what I said and so I’m going to stand behind it,” Scheer went on. “I’m not going to say one thing and then act a completely different way. I’m a politician for goodness sakes — if we can’t be trusted, then who can be?”