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A Liberal MP Apologized For Her "Chinese" Halloween Costume

Linda Lapointe said she bought the outfit in China.

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Linda Lapointe, a new Liberal MP from Quebec, deleted Halloween photos from her Facebook page after she was criticized for using an "ethnic stereotype" of a Chinese person as a costume.

Laurin Liu, the NDP candidate Lapointe defeated in the October election, shared the photos on her own page and said she was uncomfortable with the outfit.

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"I can't find the words for what I feel right now," Liu wrote in French.

Costumes based on ethnic stereotypes are no laughing matter, she said, and are stigmatizing for the cultural communities they caricature.

"This is unacceptable," she said.

Lapointe told CBC News that Halloween was a "chance to celebrate" with family and friends. "It is in this spirit that I chose my costume," she said.

"I regret if my choice offended anyone, but it was not at all my intention," she said, adding that she bought the robe and traditional Asian hat during a trip to China.

BuzzFeed Canada has reached out to Lapointe for comment.

Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.

Contact Ishmael N. Daro at ishmael.daro@buzzfeed.com.

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