Front-man of the famous Irish band U2, Bono, will be meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the leaders of both opposition parties, the NDP and the Liberals, in Ottawa on Monday in order to discuss maternal and child health in low-income countries. The meetings are organized by the global anti-poverty organization cofounded by Bono, One Campaign.
The campaign’s Canadian director, Stuart Hickox, alleged that Bono’s visit to Ottawa is arranged to coincide with Bono’s performances in Montreal. He alleged that “Bono’s on tour, as you know, so he’s nearby in Montreal” and “it’s just an opportunity to strengthen relationships with all parliamentarians and to visit Ottawa in between Montreal tour dates.” The Prime Minister’s Office has also confirmed the details of the meeting. Additionally, Mr. Hickox revealed that Bono would also hold separate meetings with NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. Furthermore, Hickox stated that Bono might also attend Question Period on Parliament Hill Monday afternoon but that is not yet confirmed.
Bono co-founded the One Campaign in 2004 to stress the world leaders participating in the 2005 Group of Eight summit in Scotland to focus on fighting poverty in Africa. The agenda of all three meetings is anticipated to focus on preventing the deaths of mothers and children in poor countries. Mr. Hickox stated that “we’ve had a lot of interest in the last little while” adding that “we’re excited, and it’s a private, low-key meeting. It should be great.”
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