Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under attack after a brown-haired photo of him at a school where he was a teacher almost 20 years ago. Trudeau, to be re-elected next month, said Wednesday night that he deeply regrets it.
"I should have known better," Trudeau told reporters. "I'm mad at myself. I'm disappointed with myself."
Trudeau was a 29-year-old teacher at the West Point Gray Academy when the picture was taken, Liberal Party spokeswoman Zita Astravas said in a statement to CBS News. The photo, first published by Time Magazine on Wednesday, was shot in 2001
At the press conference, Trudeau said he had dressed up "with make-up" and sung "Dayo" on a high school talent show.
Despite calls for resignation, Trudeau said, "We take this case by case."
He said he did not think it was racist at the time, but "now we know better" and said it was "part of the conversation we all have to lead."
"I have mine Throughout our lives working to create opportunities for people and fight against racism and tolerance, I can stand here and say I made a mistake when I was younger, "he said.
Andrew Scheer, chairman of Trudeau's conservative opposition party, said: "Canadians saw someone this evening with a complete lack of judgment and integrity and someone who is unable to govern this country."
Canada Green Party Chairperson Elizabeth May, tweeted that Trudeau "should apologize for the damage done and pledge to learn and approve the requirement of the model of leadership for social justice at all levels of government worthy ".  Trudeau, the son of the late former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, ran in 2015 with a series of progressive promises to the Federal Office. Immediately after his swearing-in, he made international headlines promising a multi-faceted Gender Equality Cabinet and answering
He launched his federal campaign for reelection this week, but Angus Reid Institute Tracking showed that about 30% of Canadians approve of the work he has done while rejecting about 60%.
Last month, an ethics guard found that he violated the federal conflict of interest rules by inappropriately attempting to influence a former minister in connection with criminal proceedings against SNC-Lavalin, a major news agency, according to the BBC News ,