07/26/2015 12:06 EDT | Updated 07/26/2016 05:59 EDT

Flora MacDonald, former longtime Canadian politician, dead at 89

Longtime Canadian politician Flora MacDonald has died at the age of 89.

Born in North Sydney, N.S., MacDonald served as Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands from 1972 to 1988. In 1979, she became the first female secretary of state for foreign affairs in Canadian history.

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