Major takes fight over housing costs to court

Global News

HALIFAX – A 24-year veteran of the Canadian military is taking the federal government to court Tuesday to recover thousands of dollars he lost on his home when he was posted to another base and got little compensation through a program that he says has caused financial hardship for dozens of members.

Maj. Marcus Brauer will be in federal court to seek a judicial review of a decision by the Treasury Board that concluded he should receive only $15,000 for a $88,000 loss he took on the sale of his house in Alberta when he moved to Halifax in 2007.

Brauer said the unique case is being watched closely by other members who have suffered losses on home sales when they get posted to new bases, but usually only collect a portion of those losses through a federal home-equity assistance program.

“It doesn’t just impact people — it destroys them,”…

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