A Prince George man’s 18-year battle with the Canada Revenue Agency has come to an end.
It started back in 1996, when the CRA told Irvin Leroux he owed $1 million in taxes and penalties, and he took the agency to court.
In 2014, the judge ruled the CRA had breached its duty of care with penalties for mistakes Leroux never made, but said it wasn’t responsible for his financial ruin.
Leroux fought that as well, saying the agency was still in the wrong.
Finally, on Friday morning, the two sides came to an agreement: Leroux will only have to pay $10 towards the CRA legal fees.
Leroux says his fight has shown “the little man can still make a difference.”
“I have obtained for all of the taxpayers the duty of care, that’s huge. Never in the history of Revenue Canada have they been held to a duty of care where they have to get it right. Before they’d just run amok. They can’t do that anymore.”