Beauce, Québec , Canada
|| January 18, 1963
Nov 22, 2017 10:21pm
|Info||Maxime Bernier, PC, MP (born January 18, 1963) is Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs. A businessman and lawyer, he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the January 2006 federal election to represent the riding of Beauce with 67% of the vote, the highest in a Quebec riding. The riding, one of Quebec's most distinctive, had previously been won by the Liberal Party. |
His father, Gilles Bernier, represented the riding from 1984 to 1997.
As one of the few high-profile Conservative MPs from Québec, on 6 February 2006 Bernier was appointed to the position of federal Minister of Industry He was also the minister responsible for Statistics Canada, replacing the former minister, David Emerson. By virtue of being appointed as the Minister of Industry, Bernier also served as the Registrar General.
Bernier, who holds a bachelor's degree in commerce from UQAM and another in Law from the University of Ottawa, is a former vice president of the Montreal Economic Institute, a Quebec think-tank advocating smaller government. Because of this some party members regard him as belonging to the libertarian wing of the party.