Lise Thibault

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Lise Thibault (2006)

Lise Thibault (born April 2, 1939 in Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan , Québec ) is a Canadian journalist and civil servant. After her professional career in broadcasting and public service, she served as Vice-Governor of the Province of Québec from 1997 to 2007 .


Thibault suffered a serious accident in her youth and has been dependent on a wheelchair ever since. After finishing school, she first ran a flower shop, later she worked in adult education. From 1977 to 1981 she worked for Télé-Métropole and from 1982 to 1984 for Radio-Canada as a television presenter and editor. In addition, she was involved in numerous organizations in the areas of media, equality, culture and education. From 1981 to 1988 she was a member of the Laval Chamber of Commerce .

Politically, Thibault supported the Liberal Party of Canada and the Parti libéral du Québec , where she held several party offices. She repeatedly spoke out against Québec's independence and was Vice President of the No Committee before the Québec referendum in 1980 . She ran unsuccessfully in the National Assembly of Quebec in 1981 and in the 1984 general election . From 1987 she was in the service of the provincial government, initially as Vice-President of the Commission for Health and Safety at Work, and from 1993 to 1995 as President and General Director of the Office for Disabled People.

Governor General Roméo LeBlanc swore in Thibault on January 30, 1997 as Vice Governor of Québec. She was the first woman in this representative office. She resigned on June 7, 2007. In February of the same year, allegations were made that she had overcharged expenses. Rumors of her willingness to spend persisted even after her resignation. The provincial and federal audit offices assumed a shortfall of $ 700,000 and turned the files over for police investigation. On September 25, 2009, Thibault was formally charged; the charges are fraud, breach of trust, forgery and misappropriation of state funds. In September 2015, she was sentenced in the first instance to 18 months' imprisonment and repayment of $ 300,000. Both Thibault and the public prosecutor's office appealed, and the hearing within these proceedings is scheduled for February 2016.

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Individual evidence

  1. Auditors challenge $ 700,000 in spending by Quebec's former Lt.-Gov. CBC News, June 12, 2007, accessed December 19, 2010 .
  2. Lise Thibault accusée au criminel. Le Devoir , September 25, 2009, accessed December 19, 2010 (French).
  3. Lise Thibault ordered to repay $ 300K, serve 18 months . CBC News, September 30, 2015, accessed December 10, 2015
  4. Lise Thibault should be stripped of pension, title: Democracy Watch . CBC News, November 3, 2015, accessed December 10, 2015