Montreal (Qc) CANADA - file photo-Nov 23, 2006-
Jean Charest , Quebec Premier (L), Lise Thibault, Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (R) .
Charest was elected for the first time April 14 2003, he is seeking a 3rd term in the Quebec provincial election which will be held Dec 14, 2008.
Lise Thibault (born April 2, 1939) is a Canadian civil servant who was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Quebec on January 30, 1997. As a former Vice-Regal representative of Elizabeth II, as Queen in Right of Quebec, she is styled The Honourable for life.
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, the Governor General appointed her Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec, following the resignation of Jean-Louis Roux. She became Quebec's first female viceroy, and the first disabled lieutenant governor in Canada; Thibault was permanently disabled in a tobogganing accident as a teenager, and uses a wheelchair. In February 2005 Madame Thibault suffered a stroke.
She is one of the longest serving lieutenant governors in Canadian history, having served for over ten years. In 2007, she was accused of spending beyond the limits of her expense account. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that he would recommend the appointment of a new Lieutenant Governor after the provincial election; it was said by the Prime Minister's Office that the decision to replace Thibault had nothing to do with her spending. The appointment of her successor, Pierre Duchesne, was announced on May 18, 2007.
Questions on her spending continued after her departure, with federal and provincial auditors general pointing to $700,000 in unjustified expenses (CBC). The files were turned over to the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for investigation.
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