The Canadian election campaign has already seen its share of controversy. One of the most controversial pieces of information to arise about a candidate was Justin Trudeau's use of black and brownface in his past. The Liberal leader made apologies, but specifically wanted to speak to one other candidate. Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh had a private phone conversation, and now Singh has revealed some of the details of that call.
"Mr. Trudeau did call me. We did have a chat," Singh told CBC News in September. "I said that I wanted to keep the conversation private because I didn't want to be used as a tool in his exoneration."
In a new report from The Canadian Press, Singh revealed that Trudeau not only apologized, but also promised to take action against racism in Canada, something that Singh had hoped for from the Prime Minister.
Singh had previously responded to the Prime Minister's history of using black and brownface in a Twitter video, where he said, "Tonight is not about the Prime Minister. It's about every young person mocked for the colour of their skin. The child who had their turban ripped off their head. And those reliving intense feelings of pain and hurt from past experiences of racism."
The details of Trudeau and Singh's conversation come just ahead of the French language leaders debate taking place in Quebec. According to the Canadian Press, Singh told reporters that by wearing a turban, he was technically breaking the law, as Quebec's Bill 21 prohibits anyone working in a government position to wear religious items.
More details of the call will probably not be made available to the public, as Singh has indicated that he wants the conversation to remain private, and not be used for any sort of political gain.
The Canadian federal election will take place on October 21. As of October 2, the Liberals are in second place and polling at 33.3 percent, while the NDP is polling at 13.9 percent, according to the CBC Poll Tracker.