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Ted Hughes, right, the former Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench Justice, B.C. conflict of interest commissioner and head of numerous public commissions was in Saskatoon on Oct. 12, 2017 with his wife Helen Hughes, left, a former Saskatoon City councillor, to promote his new biography "The Mighty Hughes." Ted Hughes died recently in British Columbia. (Morgan Modjeski/The Saskatoon S / Saskatoon

Prominent retired judge Ted Hughes dies at 92

Born in Saskatoon on June 12, 1927, Ted Hughes (BA'48, LLB'50, LLD'11) was best known for overseeing prominent investigations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Ted Hughes (BA'48, LLB'50, LLD'11), a Saskatoon-born retired judge who saw public service “as a higher calling,” has died at the age of 92, as reported by The Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

Born in Saskatoon on June 12, 1927, Hughes was best known for overseeing prominent investigations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Hughes was British Columbia’s first conflict-of-interest commissioner, and was appointed legal adviser to the provincial attorney general; three years later, he became the deputy attorney general. Most famously, he investigated former B.C. premier Bill Vander Zalm and found Vander Zalm mixed private business with public responsibilities. Vander Zalm resigned as premier after Hughes released his report.

“Ted often talked about the need for integrity both with elected officials and public servants,” said Craig McInnes, former Victoria bureau chief for the Vancouver Sun, who chronicled Hughes’ life in the book The Mighty Hughes.

“He saw public service in all forms as a higher calling. He really always felt it was an honour and public responsibility.”

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