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Trudeau says he ‘regrets’ comments about Senator Brazeau in Rolling Stone

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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

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2 Responses to “Trudeau says he ‘regrets’ comments about Senator Brazeau in Rolling Stone”

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    Boris Moris August 1, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

    Really? There are a lot of issues to be upset with Trudeau over but this is not one of them. Brazeau is a walking train wreck who should never have been appointed to the Senate to begin with. Of course he is one of many that Harper appointed who did not deserve that position so this really has nothing to do with Brazeau’s indigenous heritage.

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      Allison Wolfe August 1, 2017 at 10:01 pm #

      Agreed however to have a positive outcome in the future with native people mud slinging isn’t the way just regresses you back know what I mean?and JT is Canada’s leader which means there are standards which he must abide