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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, speaks with former prime ministers Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell and Jean Chrétien on board a government plane travelling to South Africa on Dec. 8, 2013. They are part of the Canadian delegation for the memorials for South African leader Nelson Mandela, as is former prime minister Joe Clark, who arrived separately in South Africa.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, speaks with former prime ministers Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell and Jean Chrétien on board a government plane travelling to South Africa on Dec. 8, 2013. They are part of the Canadian delegation for the memorials for South African leader Nelson Mandela, as is former prime minister Joe Clark, who arrived separately in South Africa.
(ADRIAN WYLD/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Mandela memorial is epilogue to Canada’s long shift on South Africa

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In the unprecedented Canadian delegation to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela, there are prime ministers representing three decades of relations with South Africa, from confrontation to hopefulness to disinterest.