Trudeau’s support holds after apology for wearing brownface

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press briefing during the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 21, 2017 in New York City. The most pressing issues facing the assembly this year include North Korea's nuclear ambitions, violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, and the debate over climate change. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged that he let down his supporters — and all Canadians of color — by appearing years ago in brownface and blackface.

Yet the scandal’s fallout may be limited in a country without the harsh and still-divisive racial history of the neighboring United States.

Trudeau is seeking a second term as prime minister in an election next month. His leading opponent, Andrew Scheer of the Conservative Party, says the revelations make him unfit for office.

But key figures in the prime minister’s Liberal Party have stuck by him, including Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who would be a favorite to replace Trudeau as a Liberal leader if he lost the election. And many minority Canadians seem ready to forgive Trudeau.

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