The logistics decision, which gave seats to four backbench Conservative MPs and a former Conservative Senator, also included room on the plane for three former prime ministers, two provincial premiers, two territorial premiers, Assembly of First Nations national chief Shawn Atleo and two former governors general.
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.