Bono is in Montreal to deliver the keynote address at a Montreal conference with world leaders to raise $13 billion to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and the U2 front man also sat down for a rare interview with chief political correspondent Tom Clark.
In the interview, Clark asks Bono about his three passions — music, family and his political activism — and how they intersect.
“They are the same,” Bono agrees. “I’m kind of in a family of activists, to tell you the truth. I mean, I was coming to meet the prime minister, and he’s been saying, ‘I’m a feminist.’ So I call my daughter and say, ‘Can I say I’m a feminist?'”
“She actually said an amazing thing to me,” added Bono of daughter Jordan. “She said, ‘Gender equality doesn’t exist anywhere dad, not in Canada, not in America, not in Ireland, nowhere…’ That is true, and I realize that sexism, I suppose, is established over thousands of years. It’s going to take a lot to unseat it.”
Added Bono with a laugh: “Pain in the arse runs in our family.”
As Bono explained, it’s important that his family understands what it is he’s doing that keeps him away from home.
“It makes it better for our family because if I’m away, they know why I’m away,” noted Bono. “And by the way, when I’m at home, I really am at home. More than a lot of my friends in Ireland and Dublin where we live who have to leave early in the morning and come home late at night to earn a crust. When I’m home, I really at home, but it helps when I go away for everyone to understand and for everyone to buy into what we’re all doing as a family, not just me.”
The interview airs today on “The West Block” (Sunday at 10 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET), and will also be featured on Monday’s edition of “Global National” airing Monday at 5:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. ET.