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Unsigned b/w photo of Bastedo and a handwritten letter by his widow written three years after his death
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Photograph unsigned. B/w, 3¼x4¼ overall, 3x4 image, one surface. Lightly toned. Lightly scratched (not visible head-on). 2) Autograph letter signed "Mrs. Lillian M. Bastedo". 1 page (1 sheet folded in half), 5½x7½ on personalized stationery of "Mrs. F. L. Bastedo". Victoria, British Columbia, March 30, 1976. Addressed to "Danny". In full: "Dear Danny, Enclosed is a photograph of my husband as Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan as you requested months ago. My husband died three years ago after an active life and as a very fine citizen. I am very proud of the heritadge he has left. Sincerely". Lightly toned, spotted and creased. Page has been folded in half and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Bastedo (1886-1973) was Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan and is notable for being one of the few Canadian vice-regal representatives to refuse to give royal assent to a legislative bill. He was appointed Lieutenant-Governor on the advice of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in 1958. In 1961, he used his rarely-used power to reserve a Bill 56, entitled An Act to Provide for the Alteration of Certain Mineral Contracts, the first time this power had been used in Canada since 1937 and, as of this biography, the last. This meant that the bill was sent to the Governor General of Canada, who would grant royal assent only if the federal Cabinet agreed. Bastedo did reserve the bill, over the advice of his constitutional advisors and without consulting Canada's federal government, because he doubted the bill was valid and whether it was in the public interest. The federal government approved the bill, though.

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