Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Toronto: Young Professionals and Political Leaders united for ACTION

TORONTO – Last night political leaders including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff joined hundreds of Jewish Young Professionals at the 5th annual Toronto ACTION Party.  Organized by the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC), attendees had a unique opportunity to engage with dozens of politicians from every level of government and across the political spectrum.

“The energy surrounding this year’s party was like nothing I’ve ever experienced,” said David Steckel, one of this year’s co-chairs. “For many of the attendees, the authentic nature of their experience helped them see that getting politically engaged is critical for our community.”

This year’s sold-out party, held at the Royal Conservatory of Music, featured cutting edge musical acts alongside chic décor which complemented the Conservatory’s natural beauty and sleek lines. The highlight of the night were two passionate addresses delivered by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff. Even a vote in parliament couldn’t keep politicians away, with many joining over the course of the evening as the party went late into the night.

“CJPAC is honoured to be able to play this vital role for our community. If we want our communities’ voice to be heard on the issues that are close to our hearts, each of us needs to build relationships and get involved in the political process,” said Mark Waldman, Executive Director of CJPAC. “It was a thrill to see the next generation of Jewish leadership stepping up and leading our community on the political scene.”

Photos from the night can be viewed on CJPAC’s facebook page and on flickr. Video of the event will is available on CJPAC’s youtube page.

CJPAC would like to thank the following elected officials, nominated candidates, and international representatives for joining us (in order of precedence, as proscribed by protocol):


Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

Hon. Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade

Hon. Michael Ignatieff, Leader of the Official Opposition and the Liberal Party of Canada

Senator Linda Frum

Senator Vim Kochhar

Senator Don Meredith

Hon. Jim Abbott, MP

Hon. Ken Dryden, MP

Hon. Joe Volpe, MP

Patrick Brown, MP

Bob Dechert, MP

Ed Fast, MP

James Lunney, MP

Robert Oliphant, MP

Mario Silva, MP

Terence Young, MP



Hon. Chris Bentley, Attorney General of Ontario

Hon. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Hon. Glenn Murray, Minister of Research and Innovation.

Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Transportation

Tim Hudak, Leader of the Official Opposition and the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario

Mike Colle, MPP

Christine Elliot, MPP

Frank Klees, MPP

Paul Miller, MPP

Peter Shurman, MPP

David Zimmer, MPP


His Worship Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto

Ana Bailão, Councillor, Toronto

Colin Campbell, Councillor, Markham

Josh Colle, Councillor, Toronto

Login Kanapathi, Councillor, Markham

Josh Matlow, Councillor, Toronto

James Pasternak, Councillor, Toronto

Howard Shore, Councillor, Toronto



Mark Adler, Candidate for Member of Parliament

John Carmichael, Candidate for Member of Parliament

Christine Innes, Candidate for Member of Parliament

Andrew Lang, Candidate for Member of Parliament

Ellen Michelson, Candidate for Member of Parliament

Karen Mock, Candidate for Member of Parliament

Michael Mostyn, Candidate for Member of Parliament

Rocco Rossi, Candidate for Member of Provincial Parliament


Foreign Dignitaries:

Amir Gissin, Consul General of Israel