The court is not amused: Que. judge rejects royal privilege argument

A Quebec Superior Court judge has rejected former lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault's argument that she has royal privilege and should therefore be granted immunity from fraud charges.
Former Quebec lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault goes to court Sept. 10 to face fraud charges. (Canadian Press)

An attempt to invoke royal privilege in a Canadian courtroom has been rejected by a judge.   

Quebec Superior Court is unswayed by arguments that the province's former lieutenant-governor should be granted immunity from fraud charges.   

Marc Labelle, the lawyer for Lise Thibault, had argued that his client benefits from a sovereign immunity, meaning the Crown's prosecution cannot prosecute the Crown.

Superior Court disagreed and says Thibault's trial will proceed on Sept. 10.   

Thibault, who served as the lieutenant-governor from 1997 to 2007, has pleaded not guilty to two counts each of breach of trust, fraud and creating false or counterfeit documents.   

The auditors-general of Quebec and Canada concluded in a joint report in 2007 that Thibault was reimbursed for $700,000 in expenses that were not related to her mandate.