Judge won’t rule on Que. construction documents
MONTREAL — Companies owned by construction magnate Antonio Accurso were thwarted in their efforts to prevent Revenue Quebec from getting its hands on documents seized during a federal investigation for tax evasion.
Superior Court Justice Fraser Martin told the companies’ lawyers he would not rule on a motion to quash the search warrant Revenue Quebec used to seize documents until appeals of earlier decisions are settled.
The Quebec Court of Appeal is to rule on a lower court decision that prevents the provincial tax department from accessing documents seized during a Canada Revenue investigation.
Constructions Louisbourg Ltd., and SimardBeaudry Construction Inc. pleaded guilty last year to tax evasion as a result of the CRA probe.
The companies were fined for using fake invoices. The documents were seized from their offices.
When Revenue Quebec lost its bid to get the documents from its federal counterpart, it got its own search warrant.
The construction companies asked the court for a sealing order on the documents but were refused by Quebec Superior Court and the Quebec Court of Appeal.
The companies have asked the Supreme Court of Canada for permission to appeal that decision.