Grand River Enterprises loses appeal, must pay $1.3 million in fees

By Lynda Powless Editor The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered Grand River Enterprises (GRE), the largest Canadian exporter of tobacco, to pay $1.3 million in annual security fees to the Ministry of Finance and $30,000 in court costs. The decision came after an Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a Divisional Court ruling that ordered GRE to pay the fees in May. GRE was seeking to over turn an earlier ruling that supported a Tobbacco Tax Act regulation that requires the Minister of Finance to impose a security fee on all companies who manufacture and sell tobacco intended for export or for sale on First Nations reserves. GRE contended the Minister erred in his interpretation and application of the provision by demanding GRE pay the security fee and claimed the…

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