What makes Maxime Bernier run?

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Photo: Peter Black

Maxime Bernier, far right, greets supporters at a Conservative leadership campaign reception in Quebec City recently. The Beauce MP’s father, Gilles, who was also MP for the riding, is second from left.

A modest crowd has gathered for a Friday happy hour in the mezzanine of a large, boisterous restaurant at a mall in a Quebec City suburb. They are waiting for Beauce MP, former cabinet minister and current Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier to arrive from campaign events in the Saguenay.