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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Another outstanding Harper choice! 

Canada's newest Harper-picked Supreme Court Justice may well turn out to be another Mike Duffy or Pam Wallin in the making.
In this Toronto Star article, she sounds like an entitled and egotistical nut case:
...Madame Justice Suzanne Côté battled five years with Revenu Québec, the provincial tax agency, after she claimed annual expenses of $50,000 to buy work clothes for each of three years from 2004 to 2006. During that same period, the top-flight Montreal lawyer claimed more than $25,000 in expenses related to personal care, as well as other miscellaneous items.
Court documents show that Côté made claims for tax deductions totalling $204,685 over those three years and that those claims were rejected by the Quebec tax agency.
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Revenu Québec noted in a statement of defence that it began auditing Côté’s expense claims in 2007 and that she refused on four separate occasions to provide receipts or other documents that would justify her claims.
Fighting a five-year legal battle? To defend a $200,000 deduction? For clothing?
Apparently the usual black legal gowns that lawyers wear in court cost about $800.  How many did she buy?  Or does she think the Quebec bar also requires its high-powered lawyers to wear fur coats and Armani suits?
Of course, all the receipt documentation has now been withdrawn so we -- the public who will be paying her salary for the next four decades -- aren't going to be allowed to know exactly what items of clothing or grooming she thinks she should be entitled to deduct from her taxable income.
Oh well, if her bills get to be too high, we can always cut back on payments to veterans...

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4 Comments:

.. is this the same lawyer that is/was involved in a long tern delay/defense of Imperial Tobacco vs a class action health lawsuit? Also involved in another noteworthy case which escapes me.. must look that up

By Blogger the salamander, at 6:28 am  

.. yes.. Ms Cote pushed as lawyer for photos of the Manitoba judge to be released to a CJS review tribunal. That case was about the husband, now deceased, releasing naked photos of his wife without her knowledge.. and a 3rd party was involved, another man.. extortion involved. The judge has since resigned, certainly put through the mill, reputation in tatters

By Blogger the salamander, at 6:44 am  

Côté is a corporate lawyer - partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt and before that litigation section head at Stikeman Elliott - so really really really nice clothes required I guess.
Do the Supremes handle a lot of corp law cases?

By Blogger Alison, at 11:13 am  

Yes, though I didn't have much sympathy myself for the Manitoba judge -- she knew about the photo scandal when she was appointed but didn't tell anyone, and that's what the inquiry was actually all about, as far as I could tell from reading the news reports of the first inquiry.
Regarding Cote, I know when lawyers are representing clients, their actions shouldn't necessarily reflect badly on them personally. But the attempted deduction for her clothes was all her own behaviour and as such, not impressive!

By Blogger Cathie from Canada, at 11:33 am  

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