In Canada they're calling it the Belinda Bombshell.
Former Magna International Inc. CEO Belinda Stronach has found herself on the front pages of national newspapers again. This time, though, it's not a career switch to politics as much as it is a story of deceit, betrayal and love gone sour.
Last week, Stronach, a member of Parliament, switched political parties, dumped her high-powered boyfriend and helped keep a political leader and his party in power.
She also was rewarded by her new party with a Cabinet position.
Not a bad week's work.
Stronach's stunning defection from Canada's opposition Conservative Party to the ruling Liberal Party helped Prime Minister Paul Martin gain enough votes to avoid a nonconfidence motion that would have brought down his party. But the switch also meant Belinda had betrayed her ex-boyfriend, Peter MacKay, the deputy leader of the party she left behind.
There was an avalanche of criticism.
One member of Parliament said Stronach, the daughter of Magna founder Frank Stronach, had "whored herself out for power." Another called her an "attractive dipstick."
Several editorial cartoons depicted her in bed with Martin.
She said with a smile: "The country must come first."