Sherwood Lett, soldier, lawyer, chief justice of BC (b at Iroquois, Ont 1 Aug 1895; d at Vancouver 2 July 1964). After distinguished service in both world wars Lett was named first Canadian representative (1954-55) on the International Control Commission established under the auspices of the 1954 Geneva Conference to oversee the ceasefire and disengagement of French forces in North Vietnam and the political stabilization of that country. From 1955 until his death he was chief justice of BC. In 1963 he delivered a judgement of considerable constitutional significance when he declared the expropriation of a private company, BC Electric, by the provincial government in its precipitate efforts to set up the giant government-owned BC Hydro and Power Authority, to be ultra vires and therefore illegal. The government was forced to resume negotiations and ultimately purchased BC Electric at a substantially increased price.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Gordon, Stanley. "Sherwood Lett". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 31 January 2014, Historica Canada. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/sherwood-lett. Accessed 30 October 2020.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Gordon, S., Sherwood Lett (2014). In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/sherwood-lett
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Gordon, Stanley, "Sherwood Lett". In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published January 24, 2008; Last Edited January 31, 2014. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/sherwood-lett
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- Gordon, Stanley. The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Sherwood Lett", Last Edited January 31, 2014, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/sherwood-lett
|Article by||Stanley Gordon|
|Published Online||January 24, 2008|
|Last Edited||January 31, 2014|
Sherwood Lett, soldier, lawyer, chief justice of BC (b at Iroquois, Ont 1 Aug 1895; d at Vancouver 2 July 1964).