Leone Bagnall dead at 83
'A pioneering figure'
Former P.E.I. Progressive Conservative MLA and cabinet minister Leone Bagnall died on Sunday.
A former teacher and mother of five, Bagnall was first elected to the P.E.I. Legislature in 1979 and served there for 14 years. She was education minister from 1982 to 1986, the first PC woman appointed to cabinet on P.E.I.
After the Tory government lost the 1986 election Bagnall served as interim party leader from November of 1987 to June of 1988, which legislative documents say made her the first woman to lead an official opposition in Canada.
"Mrs. Bagnall was a pioneering figure," said interim Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Fox, in a release responding to the news.
"Mrs. Bagnall always brought class and dignity to her work and was a tireless advocate on behalf of her constituents."
She was named to the Order of Canada in 1994, and the Order of P.E.I. in 2005.
Bagnall died in Charlottetown on Sunday at the age of 83.
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With files from Laura Chapin