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Saskatchewan lieutenant-governor, 78, negotiated key treaty with B.C. First Nation

Wednesday, July 03, 2019 @ 1:06 PM | By John Chunn


The government of Saskatchewan announced that Lt.-Gov. W. Thomas Molloy died on July 2, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 78.

“On behalf of the government of Saskatchewan and people of our province, I offer my sincere condolences to Mr. Molloy’s family, and to the many that called him a friend,” said Premier Scott Moe in a press release. “[Molloy] had a lasting impact on our province and nation in his five decades of dedicated service. His many contributions to the betterment of our country leaves a tremendous legacy that I hope provides his family with some comfort in this time of grief.”

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Lt.-Gov. W. Thomas Molloy

Molloy was installed as the 22nd lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan on March 21, 2018. Since his installation, he took part in hundreds of events across the province. He participated in many celebrations with Indigenous communities, in addition to his support for youth, mental health initiatives, literacy, new Canadians and seniors.

Molloy, a respected Saskatoon lawyer, negotiator and author, was renowned for his treaty-making and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. His work in the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and the historic Nisga’a Final Agreement in British Columbia led to his investiture as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1996 and as a member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2012. Among many other accolades, he received the 2018 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Law from the Canadian Bar Association. He also served as chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan from 2001 to 2007 and was chancellor emeritus.

Books of condolence will be available for the public to sign at Government House, in the main lobby of the Legislative Building in Regina, and at City Hall in Saskatoon, beginning on July 3. Online condolences can be sent through the official website of the Lieutenant-Governor’s Office.