Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau awkwardly dodged questions asked by The Rebel’s Keean Bexte regarding his blackface scandal by talking about so-called climate change during a post-election debate press conference.
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A transcript is as follows:
KEEAN BEXTE: Prime Minister Trudeau, since your multiple use of blackface became an international scandal, Canada’s international reputation has been irreparably harmed. Have you reached out to any African leaders or any leaders of the Middle East to apologize for your conduct?
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: Canada will continue to engage in a positive, constructive way around the world; standing up for human rights, engaging with leaders right around the world because we know promoting our values and prosperity for everyone around the world is good for Canadians and creates better opportunities for everyone.
BEXTE: That didn’t answer the question at all. Have you spoken to any African leaders or leaders from the Middle East to apologize for your personal conduct?
PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU: I have continued to engage with leaders around the world in a responsible way. During the election campaign, my focus is connecting with Canadians as I was able to tonight. I was pleased to see so many of the questions turned to the environment. In all sections, there was a clear contrast between those on stage who don’t think we should be fighting climate change and those of us who do. Again, the [Liberal Party] is the only party with a clear plan to fight climate change.