Trudeau won’t remove Jaime Battiste from Liberal roster for racist, sexist social-media posts

The Canadian Press  Teresa Wright

The Conservatives have called on Trudeau to fire Battiste, zeroing in especially on the sexist comments, including one that joked that a woman’s role is to clean, cook and fold laundry

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is calling comments made by a Liberal candidate in Nova Scotia in old social-media posts unacceptable, but he is not removing the candidate from the Liberal roster.

Jaime Battiste, who is running for the Liberals in the riding of Sydney-Victoria, issued an apology earlier this week after the Toronto Sun shared past racist and sexist remarks he had made on social media.

Battiste told the newspaper the posts were “crude jokes” he made at a different time in his life, but that he now realizes they were offensive.

“We recognize Mr. Jamie Battiste took responsibility for his actions and has apologized,” Trudeau told reporters Sunday during a campaign event.

Trudeau called the language in the posts “unacceptable,” but added that he is pleased Battiste apologized.

The Conservatives have called on Trudeau to fire Battiste in a post on the party’s website, calling the candidate’s past actions “disgusting and inexcusable” and zeroing in especially on the sexist comments, including one that joked that a woman’s role is to clean, cook and fold laundry.

“Despite these sexist comments, Battiste is allowed to run as a Liberal candidate for Justin Trudeau,” said Lisa Raitt, Conservative candidate for Milton.

“Justin Trudeau is a fake feminist.”

Earlier this week, the Conservative party ousted one of its candidates in British Columbia, Heather Leung in Burnaby-North Seymour, following media reports about disparaging comments she had made about the LGBTQ community.

When asked Sunday about whether he feels limited in his ability to censure candidates for past racist behaviours after photos and a video emerged in the first week of the campaign showing the Liberal leader wearing brownface or blackface makeup — Trudeau sidestepped the question.

He merely repeated that Battiste has taken responsibility for his behaviour and apologized.

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