The Honourable Maxime Bernier
Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
Maxime Bernier was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2011. In February 2006, Mr. Bernier was appointed Minister of Industry and, in August 2007, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Mr. Bernier was vice-president of the Standard Life of Canada insurance company and manager of corporate and international relations at the Commission des valeurs mobilières du Québec. As a consultant, he provided advice on the legislation of financial institutions and the development of regulations governing that sector.
Mr. Bernier is a lawyer with a bachelor's degree in commerce. He was a member of the board of the Montreal Economic Institute and is a member of several charitable organizations.
He was born and raised in Beauce.