Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Young Professionals and Politicians Come Together for ACTION

On Thursday, April 23, CJPAC hosted our third annual ACTION Party in Toronto. The event brought together more than 650 young professionals and dozens of politicians from across the political spectrum and all levels of government to celebrate political engagement and support Israel. Taking place this year at Andrew Richard Designs, the space was decorated to welcome spring with luxurious lounge areas made up of high end patio furniture, greenery and birds of paradise. Guests stayed into the late hours of the night dancing, listening to live jazz music and sipping on politically-named cocktails as they schmoozed.

“ACTION encourages our peers to get involved politically so they can make an impact on issues of concern for the community, including the welfare of Israel,” said Jessica Fenton, one of four co-chairs of the ACTION party. The other three co-chairs for the event were Jonathan Goldman, Hartley Lefton, and Lauren Levy.

Special guests in attendance included:

Consul General Amir Gissin

Hon. Jason Kenney, MP, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism

Hon. Peter Kent, MP, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas)

Pierre Poilievre, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP

Patrick Brown, MP

Olivia Chow, MP

Ruby Dhalla, MP

Hon. Ken Dryden, MP

Kirsty Duncan, MP

Rob Oliphant, MP

Hon. Judy Sgro, MP

Jeff Watson, MP

Borys Wrzesnewskyj, MP

Helena Jaczek, MPP, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health Promotion

Christine Elliott, MPP (candidate for leadership of PC Party of Ontario)

Randy Hillier, MPP (candidate for leadership of PC Party of Ontario)

Tim Hudak, MPP (candidate for leadership of PC Party of Ontario)

Frank Klees, MPP (candidate for leadership of PC Party of Ontario)

Lisa MacLeod, MPP

Paul Miller, MPP

Peter Shurman, MPP

Councillor Howard Moscoe

Councillor John Parker

Councillor Karen Stintz

Trustee Josh Matlow, Toronto District School Board

Trustee James Pasternak, Toronto District School Board

Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Parliament, City Councillors and school trustees mingled with the hundreds of guests. ACTION featured live music, DJ, open bar, silent auction, sumptuous appetizers, decadent desserts, and a great opportunity to network.

 

CJPAC thanks our sponsors, ACTION committee, special guests, and everyone who attended for making the event a tremendous success!

 

To view pictures, click here.

 

Take a look at the ACTION coverage in the CJN and Macleans’ Capital Diaries:

 

CJN – http://www.cjnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16820&Itemid=86

 

Macleans – http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/05/07/cjpac-packs-them-in-ruby-dhalla-during-happier-times/