It appears that Stephen Harper is a Belieber.
The Prime Minister presented Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber with a Diamond Jubilee Medal today, as announced on the PM's Twitter.
To qualify for a medal, a nominee must have "made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada."
While the Statford, Ont. native has certainly made a splash in the world of pop music and screaming preteens, we're fairly certain his wardrobe choices didn't factor into his nomination.
The 18-year-old crooner wore overalls (one strap fashionably undone), a white T-shirt and a baseball cap to collect his prize. His outfit was perhaps even more controversial the award, if the deluge of tweets on the matter is to be believed.
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Bieber himself was clearly more impressed with his duds.
Harper gave the Biebs his medal at Ottawa's Scotia Bank Place ahead of a concert Friday night. Harper's son Ben is attending the concert with friends, PMO spokesperson Erica Meekes told the Canadian Press.
Of the 60,000 medals to be handed out this year in honour of the Queen's 60 years on the throne, there have already been some controversial picks. Mary Wagner, a notorious anti-abortion activist currently jailed for harassing women, was given a medal by Saskatchewan Conservative backbencher Maurice Vellacott. The move prompted interim Liberal leader Bob Rae to say that Vellacot had "crossed the line" and was encouraging others to follow in Wagner's criminal footsteps.
With files from the Canadian Press.
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