Considering the turmoil in Quebec politics right now, Bernier could be setting himself up for a departure from federal politics to the provincial scene? Certainly the ADQ could use a new leader and a much higher profile.
If you remember, back in Feb. 2009 I managed to break a small story about how a couple of ADQers had launched a drive to recruit Maxime for party leader. Everyone thought this was some kind of crackpot thing or an outright hoax, but it turned out to be true. Could, one year later, Maxime be reconsidering his options and eyeing a jump into Quebec politics?
If so--talk about planning ahead. Gérard Deltell was installed not six months ago, and the next provincial election won't be held until 2012. Usually, in the ROC at least, you give a new leader at least two elections before you pitch him, so Maxime's turn would probably not come until the mid 20-teens. Is he capable of playing "the long game" for this long?