Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement on the death of Ted Hughes:
“I was saddened to hear of Ted Hughes’ passing on Friday. Ted embodied the honour and integrity of a true public servant.
“Ted was B.C.’s first-ever conflict-of-interest commissioner. He also led investigations into some of the most prominent and challenging cases in our province’s history. His work resulted in systemic improvements that we still benefit from today. It was because of his review on child deaths within the foster care system that government established an independent watchdog for children’s services. And his leadership on the Justice Reform Committee led to significant changes in B.C.’s judicial structure.
“Ted was not afraid to stand up for what he thought was right – no matter who he was standing up to. He held powerful people accountable.
“Even in retirement, Ted worked in service to our province and helped the most vulnerable among us.
“Ted Hughes leaves behind a legacy that will be felt for generations to come. He will be very missed.”