Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Stephen Harper to join other Canadian leaders attending memorial services for former South African president Nelson Mandela.
"The world has lost one of the greatest leaders and humanitarians it has ever known," said Premier McNeil. "His life and teachings will continue to have a positive impact on people around the globe, and I am honoured to accept the prime minister's invitation to pay respects on behalf of the people of Nova Scotia."
The Canadian delegation includes former prime ministers Jean Chretien, Brian Mulroney and Kim Campbell, as well as other Canadian premiers.
While in South Africa, Premier McNeil will attend memorial events, including Mr. Mandela's lying-in-state in Pretoria.
The Premier has also invited Nova Scotians to leave a message on a national book of condolence for Nelson Mandela.
"Like people around the world, Nova Scotians from all walks of life are mourning the death and celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela today," said Mr. McNeil. "Many have been touched by his exemplary life and his positive message and I encourage them to express their memories and inspirations in the days to come."
Nova Scotians can leave a message on the book of condolence at www.commemoration.gc.ca.