On Friday, the PM asked the GG to prorogue parliament so he wouldn't have to face a no-confidence vote tomorrow. We are told that she could not deny his request unless she had very strong reasons not to, and that if she denied him he would almost certainly have to quit. We are told that she was virtually forced to go along with him and prorogue.
But she had another option. She could have quit. She knew damn well that prorogation is not supposed to be used as a tool to avoid a confidence vote.
Why didn't she quit? Michaelle Jean and other Governors General before her live in the greatest luxury and priviledge of any people in the world. They are treated like royalty, have an enormous staff and budget, and have only titular duties (99.9999% of the time). She faced an enormous conflict of interest: do the right thing or keep her cushy rich lifestyle.
In the dying days of Nixon's regime, Nixon tried to save his neck by refusing to give up taped evidence of his cover-up of Watergate. The incident is known as the Saturday Night Massacre and resulted in the resignations of the special prosecutor, attorney general and deputy attorney general. All three men gave up their jobs rather than subvert democracy. Would Michaelle Jean was as principled.