Weber v. Canada (Minister of National Revenue)
A Calgary inventor has failed in his inventive argument
that his tax bill instructed him to pay in pesos rather
In 1996, James Weber, 48, who holds patents on several oilfield tools, got a bill from Revenue Canada telling him he owed $110,000 in income tax. But Weber noticed the notice showed the dollar sign with just one line through it instead of two - a symbol he said denotes a Colombian peso. So down he trotted to pay his taxes with 110,650 pesos - worth about $75 Cdn.
The government didn't buy his reasoning and last August seized his BMW motorbike, helmet, jacket and pants. Weber fought back by filing 50 documents in Federal Court to back up his claim - including banking and other dictionaries, and the British North America Act.
However, on Tuesday the Federal Court ruled against him, noting one of the dictionaries he submitted as evidence "illustrates the Canadian dollar sign also to be a one-bar dollar sign."