U2’s Bono meets Canadian Prime Minister to discuss foreign aid
U2 frontman Bono visited the Canadian Parliament and the Prime Minister in Ottawa on Monday (June 15).
The singer, whose band performed in Montreal over the weekend, met with PM Stephen Harper, as well as leaders of the opposition, to discuss foreign aid and development policy. According to local news source The Star, Bono said that “the world needs more Canada”, adding: “Development assistance, or foreign aid as you call it here, is a really good way of showing who you are to the rest of the world”.
President of World Vision Canada, Michael Messenger said of the visit: “It’s my hope that Bono’s visit will boost Canadian awareness and engagement on international development priorities. Today’s discussions underscore that we cannot work alone – success and innovation happen when we’re all at the table, committed to improving the lives of children.”
U2 dedicated the song ‘One’ to Arcade Fire during their Montreal gig on June 13. The show was the band’s second in the city of their current tour and took place at the Bell Centre venue. Arcade Fire’s Règine Chassagne and Win Butler were both in attendance at the gig.