Green Party leader speaks out about one of her own candidates wearing blackface in the past

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says one of her party candidates running in Newfoundland and Labrador has admitted to her that he once wore blackface decades ago for a comedy skit.Story continues below

Greg Malone, the candidate in Avalon, N.L., once wore blackface for a skit for CODCO, a show that used to run on CBC back in the 1980s and 1990s, May said on Thursday in an interview with Global News Ottawa Bureau Chief Mercedes Stephenson.READ MORE: ‘Boxing in the wind’: Why white Canadians still struggle to talk racism“He let us know that in one of his skits that was broadcast on CBC several decades ago — I haven’t seen the skit, but there was a skit in which he wore blackface,” May said.“But it was part of a comedy skit on CODCO and broadcast on the national public broadcaster. But still, you know in retrospect, he wishes he hadn’t done it.”In an interview with Global News on Saturday, Malone said he told the Party about the skit in which he wore blackface because he “didn’t want anyone to be surprised.”“One of the sketches that I did, I played Mahatma Gandhi, who was one of my heroes,” Malone said. “And I was very excited about getting a chance to portray Gandhi, but I didn’t think about the fact that I was wearing makeup and, you know, blackface and stuff.”WATCH: Trudeau tries to move past blackface scandal, pivot to policy

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