Canadian delegation leaves for Mandela's funeral

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper signs a book of condolence for former South African...

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper signs a book of condolence for former South African President Nelson Mandela on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 6, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:39 PM ET

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is leading a Canadian delegation that will join some 60 world leaders flooding into South Africa this week to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela.

Harper left Ottawa on Sunday, with former prime ministers Brian Mulroney, Jean Chretien and Kim Campbell.

Another former prime minister, Joe Clark, will travel from the Ivory Coast in west Africa, where he's on a mission to promote democracy, to join the delegation of 20.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, former governors general Michaelle Jean and Adrienne Clarkson, and National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn Atleo and a handful of MPs will also attend some of the planned memorial services.

Provincial representatives include Alberta Premier Alison Redford and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski and N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod.

Mandela, South Africa's former president, an elder statesman and an anti-apartheid activist, died Thursday at age 95.

He will be laid to rest Dec. 15 in an official state funeral, following 10 days of commemoration ceremonies.


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