Watch: Angry Canadian Asks Justin Trudeau If He Can 'Round to the Nearest Five' How Many Times He Wore Blackface

As photographs and videos continue to emerge showing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dressed in blackface during the 1990s and early 2000s, Canadians want to know just how many times he's appeared in the dark makeup. One constituent even asked him to "round to the nearest five."

Trudeau was in Saskatoon, Canada, for a campaign event on Thursday night when he faced several questions about the blackface scandal. So far, there's been at least three instances where the prime minister was shown in dark makeup, but Trudeau told the press that he can't remember exactly how many times he wore it.

"Earlier today, you were questioned about how many times you've appeared in blackface or brownface. I'll make it easy, is it possible for you to round to the nearest five?" one audience member asked during the campaign stop, prompting some cheers from the crowd.

"I'm not going to make light of the situation," Trudeau responded. "I don't think it's something that we should be making light of. I think far too many people in this country face discrimination and intolerance on a daily basis and what I did was inexcusable and wrong and hurt a lot of people who consider me to be an ally."

The prime minister added that he takes "responsibility" for his actions, but another crowd member interrupted to ask again how many times Trudeau has worn blackface.

The saga began on Wednesday when TIME first reported the existence of a 2001 photograph showing Trudeau, then a 29-year-old teacher, dressed in blackface during an "Arabian Nights" party. The picture was found in the yearbook of the private school where Trudeau taught.

After it was unearthed, Trudeau immediately issued an apology. He told reporters while on an airplane that he "shouldn't have done it" and that he was "really sorry." He also admitted that he had also dressed up in dark makeup during a high school talent show.

Hours later, that photo emerged as well. In the picture, Trudeau is seen in blackface and performing a traditional Jamaican folk song by the legendary African American singer and activist Harry Belafonte.

The two photographs were followed by a video of Trudeau in blackface — the third instance of him wearing dark makeup published in 24 hours. The video, obtained from Global News, shows Trudeau in blackface while raising his hands and laughing. The footage is from the early 1990s.

The Canadian prime minister was asked by reporters if he was considering stepping down over the photographs, but Trudeau only said that the scandal should prompt "important conversations."

"I have worked all my life to create opportunities for people to fight against racism, I can stand here and say I made a mistake," Trudeau told the press on Wednesday. "I'm going to be asking Canadians to forgive me... I'm disappointed and pissed off at myself."

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses media representatives at a press conference in Biarritz, south-west France on August 26, 2019, on the third day of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. Trudeau has been under fire after photographs were unearthed showing him dressed in blackface. Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images
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