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Bud Cullen, a cabinet minister in Pierre Trudeau's Liberal government, has died. He was 78.

Mike Bradley, the mayor of Sarnia, Ont., and a former campaign manager for Mr. Cullen, issued a statement Tuesday night stating Mr. Cullen had died that afternoon in Ottawa.

Mr. Bradley was also executive assistant to Mr. Cullen, who represented the Sarnia-Lambton riding in southwestern Ontario from 1968 to 1979 and again from 1980 to 1984.

"Bud was a good and decent man who always fought the good fight with decency and civility," Mr. Bradley said in the statement.

Mr. Cullen was born April 20, 1927, in Creighton Mine, Ont., near Sudbury.

He was first elected to Parliament in 1968 and appointed to the Trudeau cabinet in 1974 - first as minister of National Revenue, then as minister of Employment and Immigration from 1975 to 1979.

In August, 1984, he was appointed a judge of the Trial Division of the Federal Court of Canada and remained there until he retired in September, 2000.

A cause of death was not revealed.

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