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Bono Applauds Canada’s Aids Battle

May 13, 2004

OTTAWA (AP) _ Rocker Bono visited Prime Minister Paul Martin to applaud Canada’s increased funding to battle AIDS. Last week, Canada announced $73 million to fight AIDS, and on Wednesday doubled its contribution to the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS to $51.1 million. The money will be used for technical assistance and cheaper AIDS drugs, Bono said.

The U2 frontman, sitting casually in Martin’s office with his legs crossed and wearing his trademark dark wraparound sunglasses, said he wasn’t in Ottawa to campaign for the prime minister, who is on the verge of calling a federal election.

``I’m not here to elect Paul Martin or the Liberal party,″ the 44-year-old singer said. ``I’m here to elect our issue _ the AIDS emergency. ... I’m here to elect that to office, that’s really it.″

The prime minister, wearing an AIDS ribbon on his lapel, credited Bono’s role in raising AIDS awareness around the world.

``His capacity to awaken the world is unique,″ Martin said. ``There’s no doubt about the tremendous contribution that Bono has made. This is a unique style of leadership which he has taken around the world.″


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