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Former N.B. politician Roger Butch Wedge dies in hospital after car crash


15 February 2010

MIRAMICHI, N.B. – A former member of the New Brunswick legislature, Roger “Butch” Wedge, is dead following a two-car crash on Highway 11.

Wedge, 62, was rushed to hospital Friday after the collision at the Black River Bridge intersection.

An RCMP collision re-constructionist was on scene investigating the cause.

Wedge served as the member for Bay du Vin from 1982 to 1987 in the Progressive Conservative government of Richard Hatfield.

In 2007 he was fined approximately $175,000 after pleading guilty to tax evasion and tobacco smuggling.

Court was told Wedge was bringing the tobacco to New Brunswick from Montreal and selling it.

He also pleaded guilty to failing to report income during the 2004 taxation year and failing to remit harmonized sales tax on the cigarettes for each month of 2004.

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