Maxime Bernier was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2011.
In July 2013, Mr. Bernier was appointed Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture). Previously, he was appointed Minister of Industry in February 2006, Minister of Foreign Affairs in August 2007 and Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) in May 2011.
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.