Bono vs. Prime Minister Paul Martin

Published: 2005-04-25
First from Conservative leader Stephen Harper, then NDP leader Jack Layton, now rock star Bono is taking shots at Prime Minister Paul Martin. The U2 singer said Martin had not kept his promise to boost Canada's foreign aid. The promised level would be equal to 0.7 percent of the gross domestic product.

During a 2003 speech addressing Paul Martin and the Liberal Party, Bono applauded Martin's commitment to aid but knew that it was only the first step. Bono had recently told CBC radio that he was very disappointed and accused Martin of holding up history. Recognizing the troubles Martin and the Liberals are facing with the sponsorship scandal, Bono urged the Prime Minister not to lose focus; he than asked Canadians to flood his office with phone calls.

Bono has been a tireless campaigner in fighting global poverty and the raging AIDS epidemic in Africa. Just recently Bono and some celebrity supporters kicked off the One Campaign whose goal is to ask Americans to lobby their government to add an additional one percent of the budget to foreign aid.

The Canadian Liberal government has been rocked by scandal lately causing the Prime Minister to do some damage control appearing on national television last week to address the situation. Canada has been ridiculed in the past for its lack of commitment and contributions to foreign affairs and aid.

Writer: Trent McMartin



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