At a meeting in Neepawa, on August 11, 2014, Ray Piche was nominated by acclamation as the Liberal candidate for the federal election in 2015. A full house was unanimous in its decision; the meeting was chaired by David Johnson, the executive director of the Liberal Party of Canada in Manitoba. Candidates from four other electoral districts were there to show support for the constituents of the Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa area.
Ray Piche, 50, who was born in Ontario, but spent most of his youth in Quebec, is bilingual. He joined the RCMP when he was 21, and trained in Regina. During his career, he was posted to Ottawa, Emerson, Brandon, Clear Lake, and Pukatawagan; he also spent a few years working out of the Minnedosa RCMP detachment. Ray retired from the RCMP in 2006. At present, he is employed by the Manitoba Liqour and Gaming Commission, and travels throughout the electoral district. Very aware of working conditions, Ray is president of Local 58 of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union. Leita, Ray's wife was born and raised in Neepawa. The family includes two grown sons, Nicholas and Sean. They live in their cabin in Onanole. Ray enjoys sports of all kinds, as a player and as a spectator.
Politics has always been a part of the Piche family; for Ray, it started when he was posted in Emerson, where he was elected as a town councillor. Since then he has followed the political world, in which he plans to work hard to make a difference to Canadian lives.