Flora MacDonald, former PC cabinet minister, dies
Canadians of a certain vintage will remember her as a onetime household name: Flora MacDonald -- who spent 16 years as a prominent Conservative politician. Flora MacDonald passed away this weekend at age 89.
Ms. MacDonald served as the Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands from 1972 to 1988.
In 1976, she was the first woman to launch a major bid to lead the Progressive Conservatives ... although the job ended up going to Joe Clark. And in 1979, Ms. MacDonald became the first female secretary of state for foreign affairs in Canadian history.
Flora MacDonald was often asked what it was like being a female politician in a male-dominated world ... including in this interview with CBC TV in November, 1988 ... after she lost her bid for re-election.