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Pearl Kathryne McGonigal (June 10, 1929-) is a retired Manitoba politician and office-holder. She was a prominent Winnipeg-area municipal politician from 1969 to 1981, and served as the province's Lieutenant-Governor from October 23, 1981 to December 11, 1986.


McGonigal was born in Melville, Saskatchewan. Before entering politics, she spent nine years in the banking sector and seven as a merchandising representative.


McGonigal was elected to the city council of St. James-Assiniboia in 1969, two years before its amalgamation with Winnipeg. Following amalgamation, she served on the Greater City Council from 1971 to 1981, and was the city's Deputy Mayor from 1979 to 1981. Throughout her time on council, she was a member of the Independent Citizen's Election Committee, an unofficial alliance of right-wing and pro-development interest groups in the city (McGonigal's husband was a prominent Winnipeg-area developer).


McGonigal was appointed Lt. Governor of Manitoba by Pierre Trudeau in 1981. The office was essentially a ceremonial post by this time, and McGonigal had little if any practical influence over the government of Howard Pawley during her time in office. She was notable, however, as the first women in Manitoba (and only the second in Canada) to hold such a position.


McGonigal has also worked as the Manitoba chair of the Council for Canadian Unity. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1994 and the Order of Manitoba in 2000. In 2003, she received the President's Award from the Winnipeg Press Club. She is a gourmet cook of some reputation, and has written regular columns on the subject in Winnipeg's daily and community newspapers.


Also during the early 2000s, McGonigal served as Chairman of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council in Manitoba, which regularly lobbies public bodies and private businesses to grant time off to military reservists for training purposes.


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Pearl McGonigal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (338 words)
The Honourable Pearl Kathryne McGonigal, C.M., O.M. (born June 10, 1929) is a retired Manitoba politician and office-holder.
She was a prominent Winnipeg-area municipal politician from 1969 to 1981, and served as the province's Lieutenant-Governor from October 23, 1981 to December 11, 1986.
McGonigal was appointed Lt. Governor of Manitoba by Governor General Edward Schreyer, on the advice of Pierre Trudeau, in 1981.
pearl: Definition, Synonyms and Much More from Answers.com (2998 words)
The pearl is built up of layers of aragonite or calcite (crystalline forms of calcium carbonate) held together by conchiolin (a horny organic substance); its composition is identical to that of the mother-of-pearl, or nacre, that forms the interior layer of the mollusk shell.
Pearl is valued as a gemstone and is cultivated or harvested for jewellery.
The value of the pearls in jewelry is determined by a combination of the luster, color, size, lack of surface flaw and symmetry that are appropriate for the type of pearl under consideration.
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