Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that he will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, on December 8, 2013, to pay his final respects to Nelson Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by his wife Laureen and a Canadian delegation. Former Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien, Kim Campbell and Brian Mulroney have confirmed that they will join the Prime Minister’s delegation.
“One of the world's most respected political and moral leaders, Nelson Mandela was a model of humility, grace, and forgiveness who dedicated his life to the relentless pursuit of equality, justice and freedom for the people of South Africa,” said Prime Minister Harper. “His life and teachings touched Canadians deeply. His legend and legacy will undoubtedly inspire people from all walks of life for generations to come.”
The Prime Minister will attend the public memorial for Mr. Mandela, which takes place on December 10 in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as his lying in state in Pretoria, South Africa, on December 11.