You may remember her for helping Stephen Harper dodge a bullet when then governor general, Michaelle Jean, consented to Shifty Steve proroguing Parliament.
You're less apt to remember that she then went on to become secretary-general of La Francophonie. It seems she figured that was her ticket to the high life.
Her tenure as secretary-general of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie has been dogged by reports that the former governor-general of Canada was indulging regal tastes.
There was a $500,000 renovation for the Paris apartment put at her disposal, a $20,000 grand piano to put in it, a chauffeur and car for her husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond. France’s l’Opinion newspaper reported her entourage spent $50,000 in four days at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel.Wow, that's Aga Khan grade indulgence. Sorry, my bad, I shouldn't mention the Aga Khan in conjunction with a story involving our beloved prime minister.
Ms. Jean has argued her expenses were for the good of the Francophonie, or even part of a disinformation campaign against her. The Canadian government defended her, and endorsed her bid to keep the job.
But as the representative of an organization whose 57 members include some of the poorest countries in the world, the allegations were giving her a Marie Antoinette reputation.
And now, she can no longer escape the guillotine, anyway.
Her tenure as secretary-general is doomed. France and some African members of the organization have already settled on a replacement.
There’s no reason for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to keep supporting her bid to stay.