Former Tory minster dies
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.