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Bono "Crushed" by Canadian PM


11/28/05
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(antiMusic / Trent McMartin) Ottawa, Canada -- Irish supergroup U2 were in Canada’s capital last week for another stop on their highly successful Vertigo tour. Though much attention was focused on the quartet’s highly anticipated show at the Corel Centre much of the media was focused on lead singer and activist Bono.

At a press conference earlier in the day the rock star let his thoughts be known on Prime Minister Paul Martin’s unwillingness to contribute 0.7 percent of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product by 2015 to fight world poverty.

"I'm personally not just disappointed -- I'm crushed, because I really believed the Prime Minister would do that," said Bono referring to the PM’s lack of action.

"I'm mystified by the man, actually, at this point, because I like him very much personally and I just think it's a huge opportunity that he's missing out on."

Earlier this year Prime Minister Martin explained his actions saying "We (the government) will ultimately reach the 0.7 percent, but we're not going to do it ... until we can basically say to Canadians 'Here’s how we're doing it and here's when we’re going to do it and there are no caveats and conditions'.

U2 will be heading to Montreal next for a couple of shows before they’re off to Boston for two sold-out nights. The North American leg of the Vertigo tour ends this December 19th in Portland, Oregon.

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