There were six Canadian party leaders on the stage Monday night for a federal election debate, but most eyes were on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his closest challenger, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.
Sheer wasted no time in attacking Trudeau for the scandals that continue to dog him through a federal election campaign that began on Sept. 11 and ends when Canadians go to the polls on Oct. 21.
The Conservative leader insisted Trudeau is a “phony” and a “fraud” who preaches diversity, yet has a history of wearing blackface. Trudeau was asked by one reporter if he had “reached out to any African leaders” and apologized for his “personal conduct,” Trudeau responded that “Canada will continue to engage in a positive and constructive manner around the world, standing up for human rights, engaging with leaders right around the world.”
When told that he had not answered the question, Trudeau said that he preferred to “connect with Canadians on climate change.”
Scheer also faulted Trudeau being hypocritical on reconciliation with Canada’s First Nations, and for his role in the SNC-Lavalin scandal that continues to haunt Trudeau with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police saying the Trudeau government is blocking its inquiry into the matter.