The Quebec government and its official opposition have reacted to the death of Nelson Mandela.
Premier Marois spoke with reporters to say Mandela was a giant.
She said Mandela's life was one of peace, ideals, a fight for racial equality and dignity.
The premier added the Quebec flag at the National Assembly will fly at half mast on the day of Mandela's funeral.
"His fight against apartheid has changed the history of a whole continent", said Marois.
Liberal leader Philippe Couillard also referred to Mandela as a giant.
"The world has lost probably the last giant of the 20th century. What he will be remembered for is his huge fight against apartheid, his victory against apartheid, which he paid with his freedom", said Couillard.
Couillard admitted what touched him was seeing Mandela leaving prison with his heart not full of hate and revenge, but, on the contrary, the desire to build a united, tolerant, inclusive country."
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