Faster than you could say cheese for the cameras, Nancy Ruth entered the entitlement hall of shame.

The Conservative senator sniffed that being served cold Camembert and broken crackers during the 50-minute flight from Toronto is beyond her level of culinary tolerance.

After all, a senator can only suffer so much before she’s entitled to charge the taxpayers for a hot breakfast before boarding.

The auditor probing her expenses should look elsewhere for excessive expensing, Sen. Ruth snapped at reporters.


That little image – a member of the fabulously wealthy Jackman family complaining about flight food while commuting business class to her coddled job – serves as the perfect appetizer for the Mike Duffy trial starting next week.

It’s hard to imagine any revelation the Duffy trial could uncover which would so completely and instantly rivet public perception of senatorial snobbishness to the job’s cushy reality.

This is another prime example of the fact that big political scandals are forever to be dwarfed by entitlement trifles.

Nobody remembers the Harper government was toppled in 2011 after being found in contempt of Parliament.

Everybody remembers an obscure cabinet minister named Bev Oda charging taxpayers $16 for a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Nobody remembers precisely why the Gomery inquiry was called into the sponsorship scandal. Everyone remembers Jean Chretien’s monogrammed golf balls.

Nobody remembers the Royal Canadian Mint being vetted for massively excessive expense issues. Everyone remembers the $1.29 chewing gum claimed by then-minister David Dingwall as he defended being ‘entitled to my entitlements’ blurt.

Add in John Baird’s gold-colored business cards and a vacationing Peter MacKay’s helicopter hoist and you have a plenty of competition for small gestures framing big heads.

But when it comes to sheer audacity in articulated snobbery, nothing - not even the Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy allegations of fabricated meetings, bogus guest and unprincipled residence claims - can compete with Nancy Ruth.

With one offhanded quip, she has crystalized the Senate scandal into a clash between the Red Chamber class and the rest of us in coach.

But, of course, she’s correct on one key point.

Camembert MUST be served warm, preferably under caramelized onions. And forget the broken crackers. Only fresh garlic bread will suffice.