N.S. Premier Stephen McNeil recently mentioned in a statement that it was humbling to be among the 95,000 people, who gathered to pay tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela. McNeil revealed that the mood at the stadium on Tuesday “was one of celebration.” The premier accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Stephen Harper to become a part of the Canadian delegation attending the service in South Africa.
McNeil alleged that listening to various world leaders speak at the service reminded him of Mandela’s legacy. He stated that “it’s extraordinary to think: 27 years of his life were taken from him, put in prison, and he comes out wanting to build peace. Not many people in the world would be that way.” While explaining the role of Canada in Mandela’s story, McNeil explained that it started “as far back as (Prime Minster John) Diefenbaker and Mulroney.” He added that “Prime Minister Mulroney is here. It’s well documented the role that he and, foreign affairs minister at the time, Joe Clark, played.”