"What the hell were you thinking?" That's often the first question people ask when hearing about Jean-Serge Brisson's one-man attack on how sales taxes are collected in Canada. A small business owner in a small town just east of Ottawa, Jean-Serge didn't set out to challenge the system. In fact, for about the first decade as owner-operator of a radiator repair shop, he was a model citizen. He obtained permits, served customers, collected taxes, and filed returns. Then a couple of things happened. He was late filing his sales tax return. He also decided to refuse compensation for collecting sales tax--a princely sum of $400, maximum, per year. These two small events sparked a David-and-Goliath confrontation with government bureaucrats that, after more than twenty years, Jean-Serge shows no sign of backing down from.
Jean-Serge Brisson's ongoing challenge against tax "slavery" in Canada has become the stuff of legend. Through meticulous documentation and a seemingly unflagging sense of humor, Brisson demonstrates how just one man can challenge the taxman--and win.
SIGNED BY JEAN-SERGE BRISSON
General Store Publishing House, 2014
Softcover, 182 pages