Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Eleventh NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Eleventh NewsWatch-

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(FedElxn-Campaign-Singh) (Audio: 058)

The Liberal Party says details of any conversation between leader Justin Trudeau and N-D-P Leader Jagmeet Singh about the blackface fiasco will be kept private.

Trudeau has promised a personal apology to the first member of a visible minority to lead a federal party.

Singh was campaigning in Toronto.

While he focused his comments on his party's jobs platform, he did respond to a question about the Trudeau blackface issue.

Singh says he wanted his response to be about people, not politics.

Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer took their first breaks since the federal election call September 11th.

Taking Saturdays off is not uncommon in federal elections. (11)

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(FedElxn-Campaign-May) (Audio: 075)

Campaigning in Winnipeg, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May was drawn into a discussion on the blackface controversy.

Commenting on the pictures of Justin Trudeau from 18 years ago, May said she's still grappling with it, and finds it "very disturbing."

She also says Canadians need to wake up to the reality that racism does exist here.

The issue appeared to overshadow a major campaign announcement on the opioid crisis and the decriminalization of the possession of all illicit drugs.

May said it's part of an emergency measure to take the opioid issue out of the realm of criminal justice and treat it as a ''national health crisis.'' (11)

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(GM-Strike-Oshawa)

General Motors' transition from gas-powered vehicles to an all-electric future is a big issue in contract talks aimed at ending a six-day strike.

Simply put, if consumers ever switch to electrics, then the United Auto Workers union is in trouble.

Gone would be thousands of jobs at engine and transmission plants, replaced by smaller workforces at mostly automated factories that mix chemicals to make batteries.

Thousands of workers in Ontario's auto industry are temporarily laid off as the job action stateside drags on. …

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