Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was invited to a reception hosted by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to have a meeting with the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister gave a glowing tribute to Yunus for his global contribution for poor women and his long association with microcredit programs in Canada, which were inspired by his work in Bangladesh. Prime Minister Trudeau recollected his visit to Bangladesh accompanying his father in 1983, when he was only 12 years old. He especially mentioned his visit to Chittagong. Professor Yunus invited him to visit Bangladesh again. They discussed the North American Social Business Forum which will be held in Ottawa on 28 September 2016. The Prime Minister invited Professor Yunus to visit Canada so that they can discuss policy issues to help the under reached population of Canada also about the Canadian development assistance program. He promised to provide all his support to the social business movement in Canada.
During their meeting singer and poverty activist Bono and Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey joined the discussion to give their views on the international development programs.
During the reception Yunus also held a one on one discussion with Finance Minister Bill Morneau who is a friend Professor Yunus and was a member of a reception committee to honour Professor Yunus in Toronto two years ago. He also had a discussion with Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Singh Bain also the foreign trade minister. The ministers all invited Yunus to visit Canada.