Pioneering women in Canadian politics Alexa McDonough dies at 77

A pioneer for women in Canadian politics has died.

Alexa McDonough died this morning at the age of 77 after battling Alzheimer’s disease.

McDonough made history in 1980, becoming the first woman to lead a major political party when she became leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party, a position she would hold for 14 years.

She then led the federal New Democrats in 1995, helping the NDP to 21 seats in the House of Commons during her tenure.

She was a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia.

McDonough will be remembered as a champion of gender equality and social development and programs, as well as a relentless optimist, earning her the nickname “Iron Angel”.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life will take place at a later date.

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