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MULCAIR: Maxime Bernier makes Andrew Scheer appear middle-of-the-road

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Remember Maxwell Smart, Agent 86? The show Get Smart was called Max la Menace in French, and that’s the nickname by which I’ve good-naturedly called Maxime Bernier whenever we see each other. He has stated that he hopes to be a threat to Andrew Scheer in the next election. That may backfire on him.

Our Max has had a colourful and accident-prone life in politics. His father, Mulroney era Conservative MP Gilles Bernier, once stood accused of having fraudulently hired the son of another Conservative, Richard Grise, who in turn had ostensibly hired Maxime and his brother. Grise pleaded guilty, Bernier’s father was acquitted.

When Kim Campbell refused to sign the papers for Bernier senior, he ran as an independent in Beauce riding. He won, Campbell didn’t.

It was easy for Maxime to get elected in his Father’s fiefdom. Beauce is a hard-working, free enterprise-based riding that stretches from Quebec City to the U.S. border. Solid local........

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