The fascination of Flora

Flora in the world

Flora MacDonald, Canada’s first female Secretary of State, died today (July 26, 2015). She was 89.

Flora MacDonald

Flora MacDonald

In the fall of 1979 — the year she became Secretary of State — I spent a few days following the North Sydney, NS, native around her adopted hometown of Kingston, ON, for a profile in the November 1979 issue of Atlantic Insight magazine.

Flora — she will forever be known by her first name — was the politician many believe could have been — should have been — our first female prime minister.

RIP, Flora.

You can read the profile here — 791100 Flora MacDonald AI— as a pdf.


Correction: The date of MacDonald’s death has been corrected from the original version.




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