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The story behind a photo that roiled an election

Trudeau appears in brownface at a 2001 "Arabian Nights"–themed party at the private school where he taught

ON SEPT. 18, TIME PUBLISHED A PREVIOUSLY UNREPORTED yearbook photo that showed Justin Trudeau wearing brownface at a 2001 “Arabian Nights”–themed party for the private school where he taught.

Less than two hours later, the Canadian Prime Minister, who is in the middle of a close re-election campaign, addressed TV cameras and apologized. “I shouldn’t have done that. I should have known better but I didn’t,

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