“While the entire world knew this day would come, it was nevertheless sad to hear of the passing of Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.
When South African President Jacob Zuma announced Mr. Mandela’s death, he spoke for millions of South Africans and the billions around the world when he said that his “nation had lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.”
Mr. Mandela was truly a great man, as his prominence as an international figure of internal strength and democratic determination will attest.
From days when he was first noticed as a leading human rights advocate in the often violent anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, to those 27 years as the world’s best-known political prisoner, to his Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, and finally to his 1994 election as South Africa’s first democratically-elected president, Nelson Mandela built a legacy that will forever be a major chapter in our global history.
As Mr. Mandela himself put it, “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”
Today is a sad day for much of our world, but the world is also a better place because of this one man.”
Tim Hudak, Leader
Ontario Progressive Conservative Party