All eyes on Maxime
It is just after five and people are strolling in pretty steadily.
They've come to the convention centre in St-Georges-de-Beauce to hear Maxime Bernier speak.
They are a friendly crowd. Young, old, couples, singles, businesspeople; a mix of "les Beaucerons."
Some 500 people are expected tonight. Bernier is popular here.
He won the riding with a huge majority last time. His father represented the people here in Ottawa through the eighties and early nineties. The people here have come to support "Maxime."
They are milling about sipping drinks, waiting to go into a reception room decked out like a nightclub with blue strobe lights and standup cocktail tables replete with baskets of chips and pretzels.
Bernier will make a grand entrance at 6:30, mingle with the adoring crowd and then deliver a speech to them, but really for the media .
The word is he will address unanswered questions about the situation that led to his disgraceful exit from cabinet.
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