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Former Sen. Bud Canada dies

by The Associated Press | December 21, 2009 at 1:10 p.m.

Former state Sen. Bud Canada, who fought for decades to eliminate the sales tax on groceries, died Monday. He was 84.

Canada, of Hot Springs, spent 26 years in the Legislature, where he regularly argued that a sales tax on grocery purchases was most burdensome to the poor. In 2007, when Gov. Mike Beebe signed a reduction in the tax into law, Canada was at his side.

Canada said the tax reduction was “a glorious thing” because the cut helped so many people in the state.

Due to term limits, Canada left the Senate in 2000. Canada served in the House from 1959 to 1962 and was sworn in as senator in 1973.

Services are tentatively set for Wednesday. Gross Funeral Home in Hot Springs is handling arrangements.

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