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C.B. LEADER

On Feb. 12, 2006, Rod­ney McDon­ald of Mabou was elected leader of Nova Sco­tia’s Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Party in Halifax, re­plac­ing John Hamm. He served as pre­mier un­til June 19, 2009.

TROOP MOVE­MENT

On Feb. 12, 2003, De­fence Min­is­ter John McCal­lum said Canada would send 3,000 troops to Afghanistan to pro­vide sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity in the cap­i­tal Kabul.

FREE­DOM

On this date in 1990, Nel­son Man­dela, the world’s most fa­mous po­lit­i­cal pris­oner, was freed by the South African gov­ern­ment at the age of 71. The leader of the African Na­tional Congress spent 27 years in jail for trea­son. Man­dela and South African Pres­i­dent F.W. de Klerk shared the 1993 No­bel Peace Prize for their work to scrap apartheid. Man­dela suc­ceeded de Klerk in 1994 and served as pres­i­dent un­til 1999.

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