Posted by: Ian Bruk | March 21, 2007

Interesting Perspective on Tax Deductions

CBC Radio one had a story about Trucker’s meal deductions this morning. Searching I found the following from the lawyer who seems to be spearheading this effort. Excerpts in italics:

Canada’s trucking industry received another hard slap in the face today when the Supreme Court of Canada refused to allow a group of truckers permission to appeal a B.C. court decision which, in effect, found that truckers are NOT entitled to eat as well as civil servants when they are out on the road working.

The trial judge said that comparing civil servants and truckers, is like comparing apples and monkeys. Isn’t a worker, a worker? No, the courts said, if the government choses to pay its workers more for their meals, that’s OK. Here’s how they do it. Civil servants get over $75.00 per day tax-free for their meals (no receipts required) whereas the poor trucker/slave gets, at most, $10.00 or $11.00 a day (after taxes) for her or his meals. The truckers claimed that was not fair. That it’s discrimination under our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Thousands of truckers have been pursuing this issue in the Courts for the past four and a half years.



  1. For more material on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms I encourage you and your readers to visit — an unbiased, plain language, and interactive look at the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It also contains relevant case law and precedents. The website is available in English, French, Chinese (traditional), German, and Italian with 6 more languages planned.

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