Ellen Paré scolded after court case reveals she paid under the table | News | National Post
Quebec Court Judge Ellen Paré was so unhappy with the cracked granite counter installed in her kitchen in 2009 that she and her husband went to small-claims court to get their money back.
But instead of a full refund, the judge received a scolding from one of her peers after evidence revealed that the work had been done under the table in order to avoid taxes.
“This contract was made for cash payments in contravention of tax law, with an ultimate goal of depriving the community of taxes,” Quebec Court Judge Jimmy Vallée wrote in the Dec. 3 ruling, which came to light this week. “Just as surprisingly, the parties do not even seem to want to hide it!”
According to the decision, the couple hired Atelier Granite Nature Inc. of the Montreal suburb of Laval to install a kitchen counter. Judge Paré testified that when she returned home to see her new Nero Black Rock counter, she noticed a crack by the sink and immediately called the contractor to complain.
She and her husband, Jean Robitaille, left for a trip to Europe that night, and when they returned, two more cracks had appeared, she testified. She also said the counter was not properly polished.
The president of Atelier