Words and Phrases - "solicit and offer"
Sudden Valley Inc. v. The Queen, 76 DTC 6178,  CTC 775 (FCTD), aff'd 76 DTC 6448,  CTC 775 (FCA)
The finding of the trial judge that the only activity of the taxpayer carried on in Canada was attempting by advertising to induce Canadians to cross the border into Washington State to view the plaintiff's building lots, in the hope that some might become interested in buying property there, by itself established that the taxpayer was not deemed by s. 253(b) to be carrying on business in Canada. The finding of the trial judge that "no offer was obtained and no attempt was made to obtain any in Canada and ... that nothing was offered for sale in Canada either through an agent or otherwise" further supported this conclusion.
The trial judge also stated (76 DTC 6178, at 6180) that "soliciting orders means that orders must be sought and attempts made to obtain them within the jurisdiction and the word 'offer' ... must be given its ordinary meaning in contract law, that is, a binding offer which, if accepted, would create a contract ...".
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