Member of Parliament
Maxime was born on January 18, 1963 in St-Georges de Beauce. He is the son of Doris and Gilles Bernier and the father of two young daughters, Charlotte and Megan. Maxime enjoy sports, he played football as a teenager, and was a member of the Séminaire de St-Georges Condors, the team that won the Gold Cup at Olympic Stadium in 1980. He has run several marathons and jogs every day to keep in shape.
In 1985 Maxime obtained a baccalaureate in business from the Université du Québec à Montréal and started law studies at the University of Ottawa. Maxime was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1990. He has always been interested in the world of business. Over his career, Maxime worked for many financial and banking institutions (National Bank, Commission des valeurs mobilières du Québec and Standard Life of Canada) before becoming Executive Vice-President of the Institut économique de Montréal in 2005. With a long-standing fascination for public policy, Maxime helped create the Institut économique de Montréal, a research and study centre. Many residents of La Beauce then encouraged him to make the leap into active politics and, after a meeting with Stephen Harper in the summer of 2005, he agreed to rise to this new challenge. He was elected MP for La Beauce on January 23, 2006 with the largest majority outside Alberta. Maxime joined Cabinet on February 6, 2006 as the Minister of Industry, and on August 14, 2007, became Minister of Foreign Affairs until May 26, 2008. On October 14, 2008, the people of La Beauce re-elected him as their MP.