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Maxime Bernier, PC, MP (born January 18, 1963 in Saint-Georges, Quebec) is a Canadian member of Parliament and former 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, Quebec. In August 2007 he became Minister of Foreign Affairs, but was forced to resign from cabinet on May 26, 2008 after a scandal involving an ex-girlfriend, Julie Couillard, with ties to the Hell's Angels.

Despite the scandal, however, Bernier was easily re-elected in the 2008 election.

Bernier is the son of Gilles Bernier, who represented the Beauce riding from 1984 to 1997 first as a Progressive Conservative and then as an independent. Maxime has a bachelor's degree in commerce from UQAM and a degree in Law from the University of Ottawa . He is a former vice president of the Montreal Economic Institute, a Quebec think-tank advocating smaller government. He was regarded as belonging to the libertarian wing of the party.

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