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In Canada, Trudeau Battles His Past as Elections Loom

MIN READSep 24, 2019 | 09:30 GMT

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the media in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Sept. 19, 2019, regarding photos and video that have surfaced in which he is wearing dark makeup.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the media in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Sept. 19, 2019, regarding photos and video that have surfaced in which he is wearing dark makeup. Trudeau will have to battle himself and Andrew Scheer's Conservatives if he is to win again.

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It's an election in which health care, affordability and climate change are foremost on everyone's minds, but when Canadians go to the ballot box on Oct. 21, the polls might as well also be a referendum on the performance -- and personality -- of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In February, he became embroiled in a scandal amid accusations that his office acted improperly in preventing the prosecution of Quebecois engineering giant SNC-Lavalin for bribery in Libya. And on Sept. 18, the prime minister received a bigger blow to his image when decades-old pictures surfaced showing him in blackface at a number of parties. For a leader who prides himself on being inclusive, the revelations will undoubtedly hurt his image and potentially derail his chances of besting the opposition Conservative Party in a race that's currently too close to call. According to polling figures aggregated by state broadcaster CBC on Sept....

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