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Poll: brownface scandal

A yearbook photo of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — his face and hands blackened by makeup — at a 2001 costume party detonated Wednesday on the federal campaign trail, instantly tarnishing the Liberal leader's bona fides as a champion of inclusivity and tolerance and stopping the party's re-election momentum squarely in its tracks.

"It was a dumb thing to do," the prime minister said during an emergency news conference on board the Liberal campaign plane before taking off for Winnipeg. "I'm disappointed in myself, I'm pissed off at myself for having done it. I wish I hadn't done it, but I did it, and I apologize for it."

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