Canadian delegation arrives in South Africa

Harper travelled to pay respects to Nelson Mandela along with several former prime ministers

Stephen Harper was joined by former prime ministers Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell and Jean Chretien on his way to South Africa

A Canadian delegation has landed in South Africa, a day before a memorial service is held for Nelson Mandela.

The former South African president died last week at the age of 95.

The Canadian group paying its last respects includes prime minister Stephen Harper and his wife, former prime ministers Brian Mulroney, Jean Chretien and Kim Campbell.

Former prime minister Joe Clark was already in the country for the memorial.

The delegation also incudes several Canadian premiers and the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

After Tuesday's memorial, Mandela's body will lie in state. A state funeral will be held on Sunday.

Harper and the three former prime ministers who travelled with him were photographed together on the aircraft.

As the Canadian flew across the Atlantic, Harper spoke of Canada's role in making sure Mandela was released from prison.

``It really tells you about the long and leading history of Canada from the days of Mr. (John) Diefenbaker on, and the struggle that defined Nelson Mandela's life - the struggle against apartheid and the transition of South Africa to a modern, non-racial state,'' Harper said. "It's something we should all be very proud of."

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  1. martin posted on 12/10/2013 01:52 AM
    Four stooges gone to honor a terrorist thug?! What a waste of time and money!
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