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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he “regrets” comments he made about Sen. Patrick Brazeau in a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
Indigenous advocates denounced Trudeau’s comments in the U.S. magazine’s August issue where he referred to Brazeau as “the scrappy tough-guy senator from an Indigenous community.”
“It wasn’t random,” Trudeau told RS correspondent Stephen Rodrick. “I wanted someone who would be a good foil … he fit the bill, and it was a very nice counterpoint. I saw it as the right kind of
narrative, the right story to tell.”
Trudeau’s comments referred to his victory in a 2012 charity boxing match against Brazeau, who is from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation in Quebec.
As the winner, Trudeau went on to cut the tip of Brazeau’s braid in the foyer of the house of commons.
APTN asked Brazeau about Trudeau’s remarks.
“I’ll take it as a compliment,” Brazeau wrote.
In an interview with CBC Radio One in Vancouver, Trudeau now says he regrets his choice of language in describing Brazeau.
He says the way he characterized Brazeau “doesn’t contribute to the positive spirit of reconciliation.”
Trudeau says he and his government have been working with Indigenous leaders and communities and he recognizes there are “a lot of patterns to change.”
The issue hits news stands in August.
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– with files from the Canadian Press