Harper presents Bieber with Diamond Jubilee Medal
Justin Bieber, right, kisses his mother Pattie Mallette as they arrive at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, November 23, 2012 7:57PM EST
Last Updated Friday, November 23, 2012 8:12PM EST
OTTAWA -- Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber now has a Diamond Jubilee Medal to add to his accolades.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper presented the medal to Bieber at Scotia Bank Place in Ottawa prior to Bieber's concert on Friday night.
A spokeswoman for the prime minister says the Stratford, Ont., singer's family was with him as Bieber -- who was dressed in overalls for his concert -- received the honour from Harper.
Erica Meekes says Harper's son Ben was attending Bieber's concert with friends.
Harper announced the presentation of the award to Bieber on his Twitter feed saying "Was happy to present (at)justinbieber with a Diamond Jubilee Medal today."
The medal is awarded to people who have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.
"It was a light-hearted thing," said Harper spokeswoman Julie Vaux.
"Justin Bieber is a ping pong player so they talked about ping pong and that they should meet and play ping pong next time," Vaux said.
Bieber's mother, father and grandparents also met with Harper and had their photos taken, she added.