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Ontario politicians unite in legislature to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

12/09/2013 04:04 EST | Updated 02/08/2014 05:59 EST
TORONTO, Cananda - Members of Ontario's legislature have paid tribute to Nelson Mandela.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says the South African icon's life will continue to serve as a beacon for change around the world.

She says while it's difficult to find new ways to speak about the famous anti-apartheid leader, she keeps returning to the fact that even after spending 27 years locked away in prison, Mandela's spirit did not break.

Wynne says Mandela's resilience, determination and commitment to justice is what the world expects from its leaders.

Mandela spoke to audiences in Ontario on all three of the visits he made to Canada.

The man who became South Africa's first black president died last Thursday at age 95.

A Canadian delegation which includes Prime Minister Stephen Harper, former prime ministers, premiers and other politicians is now in Johannesburg for what's expected to be a huge memorial for Mandela on Tuesday.