Statement by the Right Honourable Paul Martin, P.C. on the passing of Nelson Mandela

MONTREAL, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Sheila and I join with all Canadians who feel profound sadness at the passing of Nelson Mandela. To his family, to the people of South Africa and to the endless millions around the world who found inspiration in his example, we extend our condolences and we share in their grief. Canada  was a good friend of Nelson Mandela's and he was a good friend of ours. I was privileged to know him.

He harnessed the power of his own personal sacrifice to help free a nation of the need to hate. With civility, generosity, and equanimity he worked to provide South Africa with a new future. What greater lesson in morality could be asked of any person?

SOURCE The Right Honourable Paul Martin

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