For­mer Tory min­ster dies

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

Flora Mac­Don­ald, who served as a se­nior cab­i­net mem­ber in two Con­ser­va­tive fed­eral gov­ern­ments and made a run for the party's lead­er­ship in 1976, died Sun­day. She was 89.

Mac­Don­ald's long-time ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant Mar­git Her­rman says Mac­Don­ald died in Ot­tawa - the cause of death was not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Mac­Don­ald was the first woman to hold the for­eign af­fairs port­fo­lio, han­dling the job in Joe Clark's short-lived gov­ern­ment in 1979 and early 1980.

She headed the depart­ment dur­ing the Ira­nian hostage cri­sis when Cana­dian diplo­mats gave shel­ter to six Amer­i­cans who es­caped cap­ture when their em­bassy was over­run by stu­dent de­mon­stra­tors.

She was among the first to hear that Canada's am­bas­sador in Iran, Ken Tay­lor, was hid­ing the diplo­mats.

Mac­Don­ald pulled Clark out of the House of Com­mons to brief him.

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