Raymond Simard was first elected to the House of Commons in a federal by-election on May 13, 2002 and is seeking a second term as a member of Parliament for Saint Boniface.
He has been the Chair of the Manitoba Federal Liberal Caucus since March 2003. He is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Official Languages, the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities and the Subcommittee on International Trade, Trade Disputes and Investment.
Mr. Simard has served as president for two family businesses, and in 1999, he became the founding president and CEO of the Riel Economic Development Corporation.
He helped to establish Canada’s first Bilingual Services Centre, a single-window service centre providing federal, provincial and municipal information to the public. He also oversaw the opening of the Riel Tourism Bureau.
Mr. Simard has served as president of the Caisse populaire de Saint-Boniface, vice-president of the Fédération des caisses populaires du Manitoba, president of CLÉ (Entreprise Saint-Boniface) and president of Place Eugénie.
He has been a member of the UNEVOC Canada National Advisory Committee and the National and Regional Small Business Advisory Committees for the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.
Raymond Simard was born in Sainte-Anne, Manitoba. He lives with his spouse, Marguerite Desrosiers, in Saint Boniface. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba.