The former Queen’s representative to Quebec goes to court today for the start of her trial on charges of fraud, uttering false documents and breach of trust.
75-year old Lise Thibault is accused of filing fraudulent expense claims while she served as Quebec's Lieutenant-Governor between 1997 and 2007.
Auditors say Thibault spent $700,000 on trips and meals unrelated to her official duties.
Thibault had attempted to have the case dismissed by arguing that as the Queen's representative she was immune to prosecution.
The Supreme Court dismissed her argument.
Thibault has opted for a trial by judge alone.