Tilson Signs Book of Condolence for the Late Nelson Mandela
OTTAWA, ON – While in Ottawa today, Dufferin-Caledon MP David Tilson signed a book of condolence on behalf of residents of the Town of Caledon and the County of Dufferin for the late Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa.
“Nelson Mandela was a towering figure for justice and equality in the world,” Mr. Tilson said. “His tireless march to freedom for those suffering under the apartheid regime in South Africa is a shining example of what one man can achieve. He will certainly go down in history as one of the most important political leaders of the 20th century.”
“As a Canadian, I was inspired by Mr. Mandela’s courage and determination,” noted Mr. Tilson. “Since the days of John Diefenbaker, Canada worked to further Mr. Mandela’s cause, culminating in the bestowing of both the Order of Canada and honourary Canadian citizenship.”
Mr. Tilson signed the book of condolence on the same day Prime Minister Harper led a delegation of former Prime Ministers and other Canadian dignitaries to the State Memorial Service for Mr. Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.