Imagine that! A government owing a “duty of care” to its citizens.
Irvin Leroux, a 70-year-old former businessman living in Prince George, BC, recently became a hero to the taxpayers of Canada — although few of them know it yet. But among the inner circle of tax practitioners — the lawyers and accountants who fight Canada Revenue Agency every day — his name is quietly circulating. They are blogging about him and referring to him in submissions they make to tax court.
What did Leroux do that has the potential to benefit each and every Canadian taxpayer? He fought the CRA for 18 years — and recently, he won.
A decision handed down on April 30, 2014 by Madam Justice M.A. Humphries of the Supreme Court of British Columbia (Leroux v. Canada Revenue Agency 2014 BCSC 720) contained two extraordinary rulings: first, that the CRA owed a duty of care to Leroux to deal with him in a non-negligent manner…
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