CTF Honours Irvin Leroux
Prince George, B.C. – A Prince George man was awarded with the Canadian Taxpayer Federation’s (CTF) highest honour last night.
Irvin Leroux, who battled the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for two decades, was presented the TaxFighter Award at the Sandman Signature Hotel.
Leroux’s misery began in 1996 when the CRA audited his RV park near Valemount and concluded he owed them $800,000 in taxes and penalties. He appealed, but the CRA seized and sold his business.
“Eventually the CRA admitted Irv didn’t owe them a penny,” said Jordan Bateman, BC Director for the CTF. “When Leroux sued the CRA for damages, the court went against him, leaving him broke, but did rule for the first time in Canadian history that CRA owes taxpayers a “duty of care.”
The CRA tried to have that ruling overturned but the CTF funded Leroux’s defense and the CRA ultimately dropped its appeal.
“Irv Leroux is a guy who spent 20 years fighting the CRA, which just for sheer persistence and orneriness, he probably deserves an award,” added Bateman. “But what Irv delivered with those three words, ‘duty of care,’ is that the CRA has to treat us like real human beings.”
How did Leroux react to receiving the award?
“I never did this for recognition. I fought them for my rights to be heard and treated fairly. That’s what it was all about.”
He estimates the court battle cost him over $4 million dollars but admits he’s somehow managed to maintain his sanity.
“Somebody has to start and initiate change. If I’ve created something here that will start the spark that gets things happening, then great.”