MPs were preparing to recess early for the holidays and Parliament’s long winter recess, giving Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government a seven-week reprieve from relentless grilling over a $90,000 payment to Senator Mike Duffy from former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright and police allegations of potential bribery and fraud in the deal. The House is scheduled to adjourn on Dec. 13.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela visited Ottawa in May 1992. The honorary Canadian who helped end apartheid in his country died on Dec. 5 at 95 years old. Governor General David Johnston said, "When history speaks of the very best examples of humanity, we will speak of Nelson Mandela." He's pictured here with former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney.