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Saskatchewan’s lieutenant-governor has pancreatic cancer.

His office has issued a brief statement that Lt.-Gov. Thomas Molloy is undergoing treatment.

It says that Robert Richards, chief justice of Saskatchewan, along with members of the province’s Appeal Court will assume the lieutenant-governor’s duties while he is away.

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Molloy, who is 78, is the province’s 22nd lieutenant-governor and was sworn in last March.

He is originally from Saskatoon and previously had a legal career in which he negotiated numerous treaty settlements and agreements.

Lieutenant-governors represent the Queen, and their constitutional and ceremonial duties include presiding over the swearing-in of the premier, cabinet and chief justice.

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