Justin Trudeau is campaigning with Hamilton East—Stoney Creek Liberal Bob Bratina today. In this True North exclusive, Bratina, who was first elected in 2015, tells Andrew Lawton that Trudeau’s blackface is “not about mockery” and that discussing the photos, for which Trudeau has apologized, is a “waste of everybody’s time.” Bratina further said his constituents think the matter is “silly.”

The Liberal media relations office did not respond to True North’s request for comment about Bratina’s remarks.

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