ARTUSO: Time to put this bratty campaign to bed

Justin Trudeau appeared in blackface in a 2001 yearbook photo from the private school West Point Grey Academy where he taught.

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The country’s politicians predicted this would be a nasty federal campaign and they didn’t disappoint.

It seemed like every day brought a new twist, a new accusation and a new high — or low.

Mostly low.

Sept. 11: A smiling Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau arrive hand in hand at Rideau Hall to meet with Gov. Gen Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament and officially launch the election.

Sept. 12: Liberals share video of Conservative York Centre candidate Rachel Willson at pro-life rally calling for anti-abortion legislation. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer confirmed he also was pro-life but promised he would not re-open this divisive debate, although he continued to be asked about it by reporters for weeks. The Liberals also dug up video of a 2005 speech by Scheer, which they released in August, on his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer campaigns for the upcoming election in Brampton on Oct. 17, 2019. (Reuters)

Sept. 12: Scheer, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May square off against each other but save their best shots for the absent Trudeau who decided not to attend the MacLean’s/Citytv debate. The organizers set up an empty podium for where he would have stood. Munk Debates cancelled a foreign policy debate when Trudeau refused to attend.

Green Party leader Elizabeth May reaches to the empty mic stand where the invited Liberal leader and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau turned down an invitation to the Maclean’s/Citytv National Leaders Debate, next to New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jagmeet Singh on the second day of the election campaign in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 12, 2019. Frank Gunn/Pool via REUTERS ORG XMIT: TOR518 POOL / REUTERS

Sept. 18:Time Magazine publishes an article with an accompanying yearbook photo of Trudeau, who while teaching at a private school in B.C wore blackface makeup to an ‘Arabian Nights’ gala in 2001. A day later, Trudeau acknowledges he wore “make up,” or blackface, during his high school talent show where he sang Day-O. He apologized.


Sept. 19: Global News releases images of third instance in which Trudeau wore brownface/blackface. He apologizes again, confirms he can’t say how many such images are out there.

Sept. 23: National Post reveals May was photographed with aa disposable cup and the Green Party photoshopped a reusable cup and straw into her hand.

Sept. 29: Scheer’s longstanding claim of working as an insurance broker prior to entering politics challenged, and he then acknowledges that he left the firm before obtaining his broker’s license.

Oct. 2: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh approached by man at Atwater Market in Montreal and told to “cut your turban” off to appear more Canadian. Singh’s gracious response, “I think Canadians look like all sorts of people. That’s the beauty of Canada.”

Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jagmeet Singh, accompanied by Beaches-East York candidate Mae J. Nam, takes a selfie with kids during an election campaign visit stop at Crescent Town Elementary School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 17, 2019. Chris Helgren / Reuters

Oct. 2: Scheer under fire for having dual Canadian-American citizenship while running to be Prime Minister of Canada. His team says he began renouncing his American citizenship in August.

Oct. 2: TVA French-language debate pits frontrunners Scheer and Trudeau against each other. Trudeau sets up a boxing photo op in advance of the meet up, drawing groans from some observers. Scheer was deemed most punch drunk by the end of the debate, according to French-language media.

Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau trains with boxer Ali Nestor (not pictured) during an election campaign visit in Montrea on Oct. 2, 019. (Reuters)

Oct. 7: Six party leaders, including Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet and People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier, participate in English-language debate. General consensus of pundits next day was that while many blows were landed, no clear winner emerged. Singh’s performance appeared to generate the most positive buzz.

Oct. 10:  The final official leaders debate, also conducted in French, is considered the best of them all with a thorough airing of all the major issues. Scheer is credited with a better performance than his first French-language debate.

Oct. 10: CBC serves notice that it is suing the Conservative Party over its use of 17 seconds of its news clips in a social media video. The publicly-funded broadcaster widely criticized.


Oct. 12: Scheer asked to explain why his party running Facebook ads in Chinese languages accusing Trudeau of plotting to legalize hard drugs. Liberals responded with own ads calling the Conservative ads fake.

Oct. 16: Former U.S. president Barack Obama tweets out an endorsement for Trudeau. Asked by a reporter if he thought it was inappropriate for Obama to weigh in on an election in another country, Scheer said he’ll let Canadians decide.

Oct 21: Canadians finally get to put this brat of an election to bed.