President Bush meets Bono
You can stop staring hopefully at that phone, Bono. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not be calling.
The Irish rock star turned poverty activist met U.S. President George W. Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of a Group of Eight summit but was told Harper was too busy to talk to him.
Harper, a somewhat wooden figure regularly mocked for his lack offlair, told reporters on Thursday that meeting Bono was not a priority.
"I've got to say that meeting celebrities isn't kind of myshtick, that was the shtick of the previous guy," said Harper in a dig at his Liberal predecessor Paul Martin, who met Bono regularly.
"I hope we do it at some point but my principle in public policies is not kind of to meet celebrities," added the prime minister, a Conservative.
Activists say Canada is trying to block a deal that ensures western nations live up to promises to boost aid to Africa.
For the record, though, Harper said he liked the music of Bono's band U2.