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Flora MacDonald

Pages >> Biography | Address to Convocation | Oration

{Flora MacDonald}
Flora MacDonald

For her role as former parliamentarian, humanitarian and winner of the Pearson Peace Prize, Hon. Flora MacDonald was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree at the 10 a.m. session of convocation on May 28.

Dr. MacDonald served 16 years (1972-1988) as a member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands; during that time she held three cabinet positions: secretary of state for External Affairs, minister of Employment and Immigration, and minister of Communications.

Born and educated in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Dr. MacDonald is a graduate of Empire Business College and the National Defence College, majoring in Canadian and international studies. She holds honorary degrees from several institutions, including Queen's, McMaster and Acadia universities and the University of Edinburgh. After her career in Parliament, Dr. MacDonald was visiting fellow at the Centre for Canadian Studies of the University of Edinburgh and special adviser to the Vancouver-based Commonwealth of Learning. From 1990 to 1994 she was the host of the popular television series North South, a weekly human affairs series featuring countries in the developing world. She has chaired the International Development Research Centre and served on the Carnegie Commission on the Prevention of Deadly Conflict, and is chair of Future Generations and the World Federalists of Canada. She is on the board or the advisory council of the Shastri Indo-Canada Advisory Council, the Canadian Council for Refugees, CARE Canada, CODE, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Friends of the National Library, National Museum of Scotland, and UNIFEM. She is also honorary president, Association of Canadian Clubs.

Dr. MacDonald was named an officer of the Order of Canada in April 1993, a companion of the Order of Canada in 1999, and named to the Order of Ontario in 1995. In 1999 she was awarded the Pearson Peace Medal.

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