Canadians from Newfoundland to British Columbia struggled with the past misdeeds of their leader this week when images surfaced of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface and brownface makeup.

Could this be the same Trudeau who has welcomed thousands of refugees and has frequently apologised for Canada's history of indigenous abuse? Did the images from his past diminish his efforts in public life? And when it comes to October's national election, could Canada, a nation that prides itself on its cosmopolitan cities and generous citizens, forgive a prime minister for actions that even he called racist?

Some found themselves wondering

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