Newspaper article The Canadian Press

U2 Lead Singer Bono Visiting Ottawa on Monday for Meetings with Leaders

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

U2 Lead Singer Bono Visiting Ottawa on Monday for Meetings with Leaders

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U2 frontman Bono Ottawa-bound Monday

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OTTAWA - U2 frontman Bono is travelling to Ottawa next week for a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as well as his NDP and Liberal counterparts.

The Prime Minister's Office says Harper is scheduled to have a "private meeting" Monday afternoon with the Irish singer, known as much for his humanitarian efforts and AIDS activism as his musical exploits.

The Opposition NDP and the Liberals say Bono will also meet with their respective leaders, Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau.

A government official said it was the singer himself who requested the meeting with Harper in order to discuss maternal and child health, the prime minister's signature foreign-aid initiative, and the effect of Canada's efforts to date.

All told, Harper has committed $3.5 billion toward the cause, including a five-year commitment to 2020, aimed at reducing the number of deaths of newborns and their mothers in the developing world.

Bono, who last visited Parliament Hill in 2005, is also expected to attend question period Monday. …

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