Lib­eral sorry for black­face de­fence

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - AI­DAN WAL­LACE

An­other mem­ber of Team Trudeau is in hot wa­ter over the black­face con­tro­versy.

In a Sept. 28 ra­dio interview posted to Twit­ter on Wed­nes­day, Judy Sgro, fed­eral Lib­eral can­di­date for Hum­ber River-black Creek, de­fended Justin Trudeau’s black­face photos.

Sgro said the scan­dal hap­pened 20 years ago and the “black com­mu­nity” have told her they “love” Trudeau more be­cause “he wanted to have a black face.”

The long­time MP seemed to di­min­ish the con­tro­versy in the interview with on­line sta­tion GBKM

FM when asked what she had heard about the scan­dal while cam­paign­ing.

“All of us were young at one time and all of us some­times made poor choices and did things that may not be ap­pro­pri­ate in to­day’s world,” Sgro said. Sgro con­tin­ued: “Those in the black com­mu­nity have told me how much more love they have for the prime min­is­ter, that he wanted to have a black face, he took great pride in that, too.

“They (the black com­mu­nity) are very sup­port­ive and they are ac­tu­ally look­ing for find­ing more ways that they can show how much they sup­port and love the prime min­is­ter.”

Sgro also blamed the me­dia. “It’s the me­dia that have blown this into some­thing that it shouldn’t be,” she said.

Sgro, a pub­lic ser­vant with a record span­ning more than 30 years, has been a mem­ber of Par­lia­ment since 1999.

Hours af­ter the clip was posted, Sgro re­sponded to the se­vere back­lash she re­ceived on­line, which in­cluded many Twit­ter users call­ing for her res­ig­na­tion.

Sgro Long­time MP

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