Monday, 22 October 2018

684) Flora MacDonald

Flora Isabel MacDonald (1926 – 2015). Canadian politician and humanitarian. Canada's first female foreign minister, she was also one of the first women to vie for leadership of a major Canadian political party, the Progressive Conservatives. She became a close ally of Prime Minister Joe Clark, serving in his cabinet from 1979 to 1980, as well as in the cabinet of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney from 1984 to 1988. In her later life, she was known for her humanitarian work abroad. The City of Ottawa recognised MacDonald on July 11, 2018 by naming a new bicycle and footbridge (opening 2019) over the Rideau Canal the Passerelle Flora Footbridge.

- "... she stuck out among male MPs with her red hair, ready tongue and taste for wearing her clan tartan."…/Flora-Macdonald-politician-ob…

- "With her fair skin, red hair and prominent chin, MacDonald seemed an exotic creature in a lobby full of Nigerians."…

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