PM Harper, delegation heading for S. Africa for Mandela state funeral

Chretien, Mulroney and Campbell joining hm

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has left for South Africa to join leaders from around the world who are paying final respects to Nelson Mandela.

Harper will attend a public memorial for Mandela on Tuesday in Johannesburg, as well as his lying in state in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Harper is joined by three of his predecessors, Brian Mulroney, Jean Chretien and Kim Campbell who were invited to fly on the prime minister's plane.

Former Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean is also part of Harper's delegation, as will Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil.

Also on board, NDP leader Tom Mulcair.

Mulroney spearheaded Canada's efforts to free Mandela from prison and pressure South Africa to end apartheid, while Chretien was prime minister when Mandela was granted honorary Canadian citizenship in 2001.

Mandela died on Thursday at the age of 95.

His body will lie in state from Wednesday through Friday.

A state funeral for the former South African president is planned for next Sunday.

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  1. Gary Lawrence posted on 12/08/2013 08:02 PM
    WHY in lord is Thomas Mulcair going to Africa on Taxpayer's dollars?? What is he?? GL
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