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Tags: Barack Obama | justintrudeau | blackface | primeminister | support

Obama Backs Canada's Trudeau Amid Racial Firestorm

justin trudeau and barack obama walk past flags of the u.s. and canada smiling
Former US President Barack Obama and Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walk down the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in 2016 (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

By    |   Wednesday, 16 October 2019 06:01 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has seen his campaign for re-election hit by a blackface controversy, but the United States' first black president is throwing his support behind the progressive leader.

Former President Barack Obama tweeted Wednesday:

"I was proud to work with Justin Trudeau as President. He's a hard-working, effective leader who takes on big issues like climate change. The world needs his progressive leadership now, and I hope our neighbors to the north support him for another term."

Evidence has surfaced Trudeau has worn blackface costumes in the past, which has hit a campaign already under scrutiny for alleged efforts to pressure officials to drop charges against a Quebec company, according to The Hill.

Canada's Conservative Party candidate Andrew Scheer has closed in amid a tight race, which will be decided at the polls early next week. Trudeau needs to hold 170 of 338 of Parliament's House of Commons seats to keep his majority.

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