What Jason is doing now

Thank you for visiting this page.  I am now focusing on my legal business, Cherniak Law Professional Corporation.

I also encourage you to support the following organizations in which I am involved:

Yours truly,


Brand New Endorsements Highlight Jason Cherniak’s Abilities

As we approach the vote this Sunday, I want to thank the hundreds of members who have taken the time to speak to me at the door or over the phone. Some of you have even invited me into your homes and I have been impressed by the genuine care that all of you are putting into your decision for Sunday. This is a very important vote and I hope you will agree with me that we need a candidate with political experience, a proven interest and profile in our community and the ability to win the next election.

If you cannot make it for speeches at Noon sharp, I again ask you to watch my speech to a Richmond Hill community group:

Below are new endorsements from prominent leaders in our community and the Liberal Party:

Christina Bisanz
“As a long-time executive member of both the provincial and federal Newmarket-Aurora riding associations, which included running twice as a provincial candidate, I came to know Jason well as our regional representative. I have been impressed by his genuine commitment to engaging with our Liberal community, and his support for building the presence of our riding associations. I am confident Jason has the talent, sincerity and connectedness needed to win Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill for the Liberals and I am pleased to endorse his candidacy.”

Christina Bisanz
Ward 7 Councillor Elect,
Nancy Cutler  “Jason has a long reputation of supporting women in the Liberal Party. For that reason, I am proud to support his candidacy.”
Nancy Cutler
VP Organization,
Ontario Liberal Women’s Commission
Bob Weeks “I worked with Jason on the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario) Management Committee for two years. He always contributed principled ideas to our discussions and spoke up for what he believes to be right. I believe that Jason would make an excellent MP for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill and I encourage you to vote for him.”
Bob Weeks
Secretary, LPC(O)
Golf Analyst, SCOREgolf and TSN

After 16 years volunteering in the Liberal Party and our community, I am excited to be so close to the nomination day!  Politics is how I have chosen to serve our country and our community and, if you give me the opportunity, I believe we can do great things together.

See you on Sunday!

Jason Cherniak’s experience earns more endorsements for the Liberal nomination

Just under one week from now, on Sunday, November 9, you have an opportunity to make a very important decision.  I’ve been fortunate to speak to hundreds of Liberals in our riding and the message I am getting is clear – we need a candidate who is best able to organize a campaign, appeal to voters in our riding and win!  I hope you will agree with me that my 16 years of experience in politics, and my profile as a long-time community volunteer, put me in the best position to beat the sitting Conservative MP, Costas Menegakis.

If you have not yet decided who to vote for, then I ask you to please listen to my speech on the day of the vote – I will be first at 12 Noon sharp, so come early. If you are not able to make it at that time, then please watch my speech below to a local community group:

Below are even more endorsements from prominent leaders in our community:

Vito Spatafora
“I’m always running into Jason at community and charitable events supporting worthy causes. I’ve always been able to count on Jason and I believe he’s the right Liberal candidate for the new riding of Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill.”

Vito Spatafora
Deputy Mayor,
Richmond Hill
Karen Cilevitz
“I have known Jason for many years and have had the privilege of his legal expertise, both personally and professionally. With Jason’s superb counsel, we were able to help defend the tenets of a mediated settlement, which saw 111 acres out of a total of 189 acres of land, including all the identified heritage on-site buildings, protected and conserved in the heart of Richmond Hill. The DDO Defenders are forever in Jason’s debt for his diligent work as our attorney.
“Jason’s dedicated work in assisting our organization in realizing a hard-fought dream to bring this land safely into public hands will always stand as a mark of notable excellence. Jason is a personable, intelligent man whose patience, knowledge and understanding would serve us well as our Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill MP.”
Karen Cilevitz
Ward 5 Councillor,
Richmond Hill
Jack Heath “I have known Jason for many years as both a Liberal and as a local lawyer. He is involved in his community and well known, with many friends in local governments across York Region. You can always count on Jason to attend community events, volunteer his time and offer smart, creative ideas. My friend Jason is the right candidate for the new riding of Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill.”
Jack Heath
Deputy Mayor,

I’ve been volunteering for local community organizations and the Liberal Party for a long time now because I truly believe that if you work hard, do the right thing and engage people, then you can make life better for hundreds, if not thousands.  As your Liberal candidate and future MP, I will continue to fight for your interests and act with integrity.

Together, we really can make a difference!

Cherniak endorsed by past-president of the Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission

Justin Trudeau thanking Jason for his work on behalf of grassroots LiberalsAs I continue to connect with members in the riding, I can feel the excitement, energy and momentum build as we approach November 9, the day to vote for the Liberal candidate in Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill. I am hearing from many of you that you want a candidate with the experience necessary to win the next election, and that is what I am offering.

In the Hill Times, Canada’s politics and government newsweekly, I was the only Liberal mentioned as capable of winning in our riding. To the left, you can see Justin Trudeau thanking me for my work on behalf of grassroots Liberals last January after I introduced him at a fundraiser. To read more positive media coverage about my campaign both locally and nationally, visit http://www.jasoncherniak.ca/media/.

Below are more endorsements from prominent leaders in the Liberal Party and our community:

Melanie Hickey
“I am pleased to support Jason Cherniak’s campaign for the Liberal nomination in Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill. Jason has been a wonderful colleague and friend over the years. He has not only supported my own development within the Liberal Party, culminating in my serving as President of the Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission, but has provided similar support to many other women as the President of the Richmond Hill Liberals and an executive member of the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario).”
Melanie Hickey
Immediate Past President,
Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission
Imran Ahmad
“It is my pleasure to endorse Jason’s candidacy for the Liberal Party of Canada nomination for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill. I have known and worked with Jason over the years and respect his commitment to his community and issues that matter to Canadians. This is evidenced by his hard work and down to earth approach to engaging with Canadians from all walks of life. Jason’s track record makes him a respected Canadian in Ottawa and I am convinced that, with your support, he would be a great asset to not only the Liberal Party of Canada, but also the constituents of Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill.”
Imran Ahmad
Vice-President (French),

Liberal Party of Canada (2012-2014)
Imran Ahmad
“I have found Jason’s dedication in serving my unique challenges as a business owner and entrepreneur very reassuring. He has always provided solid business and legal advice.

“I have seen first-hand how Jason manages his own business, in which he wears many hats, not just as a lawyer, but technical support, a financial role and mentor to his staff. As a Chartered Accountant and a client, I am very confident in recommending my business clients to Jason. I am just as confident in recommending Jason as a Member of Parliament. We need people like him Ottawa!”
Anu Rana
Chan Rana LLP

With your support, I will continue to work hard for you, the community and voters in our riding. I am the candidate with political and community experience, which is what we need if we are going to win the next election.

Together, we really can make a difference!

Community Leaders endorse Jason Cherniak for the Liberal Nomination

In two weeks, we will gather to vote for the first Liberal candidate in the riding of Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill. For months, my team and I have organized regular events and spoken to many of you about what you are looking for in a Member of Parliament.  I’m running because I want to use my business experience and 16 years of political and community leadership to make a positive difference! I can only do it if you come to the meeting on November 9 between 12 Noon and 3 p.m. at H.G. Bernard Public School and vote for me.

Below are a few endorsements from leaders in our community:

Brenda Hogg “Imagine a brand new Dad and a full-time lawyer with his own business making the time to do his civic duty by being a panelist for the local election! Thank you Jason. We need more people like you in the world.”

Brenda Hogg
Regional and Local Councillor,
Richmond Hill

Tim Jones Jason’s involvement and experience within the party and his roles with the riding associations in this area have given him the grassroots knowledge and experience to truly represent the Liberals with a great understanding of the people he is serving.”

Tim Jones
Mayor of Aurora, 1994 – 2006
Liberal candidate, Newmarket Aurora, 2008

Michael Colligan Jason has been my business and personal lawyer for many years. Whether restructuring my multi-million dollar business or representing me in court, he has proven that he is smart, sharp and quick on his feet.

“When a person close to me had serious legal problems and could not afford to pay, Jason represented her for free in court and resolved the problem. I am confident that Jason will make an excellent MP – the only negative is that I will lose my lawyer!”

Michael Colligan
Lighting Solutions

We need a new government, new ideas and new leadership. As your Member of Parliament, I’m going to fight for better transportation, jobs for our youth and new immigrants, and fiscal responsibility.

I am the candidate with experience in federal politics and local community support. On November 9, I hope I can count on your vote so that we can beat the Conservatives! For more information on how to vote, click here.

Together, we really can make a difference!

Vote Cherniak on November 9

Jason CherniakYesterday was a sad day for Canada. The shocking events on Parliament Hill are a reminder that politics is not a game. It is the system by which we have chosen to govern ourselves in a peaceful manner and it really does mean something.

Yesterday was also the day when the Liberal Party chose to set Sunday, November 9 at Noon for the nomination meeting in our riding. Terrorists attacked Ottawa because they do not believe in the freedom and democracy that we cherish. In the midst of our grief, democracy continues and we have an opportunity to rise to the occasion.

Long before the nomination meeting was called – over 16 years ago – I started knocking on doors in our riding and organizing events in our community. I have connected with many of you. We have talked about your hopes and dreams and you have also challenged me to answer hard questions.

While building my law firm and creating jobs in York Region, I have always set aside time to volunteer for our community and the Liberal Party. This has included fighting to keep the Liberal Party alive after the 2011 election, leading the planting of over 10,000 trees on the Oak Ridges Moraine and raising over $100,000 for local charities.

We need a Member of Parliament who puts our community first. My commitment to you is that I will continue to work hard on your behalf, represent our riding with integrity, renew federal politics and achieve results.

If you are a Liberal member in this riding, I hope I can count on your support. If you have time to volunteer any time until or on the nomination date, please let me know.  If you are still undecided, please contact me at any time.  Together, we really can make a difference!

Thanksgiving Campaign Update

Jason with his Young Liberal team

Happy Thanksgiving!

My campaign for the federal Liberal nomination in the new riding of Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill continues to build excitement! Two weeks ago, I spoke to the “Connecting the Community” group of about 100 local leaders and business people.  You can watch it on YouTube by clicking here. This speech earned me a new endorsement:

“I highly endorse Jason Cherniak in his quest for the Liberal Party nomination in the riding of Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill.” – Lawrie Howe, Community Outreach, Richland Academy

You can read my other endorsements by clicking here.

Thursday, October 9, the local Liberal association organized an event for all members to meet the candidates at Georgy Porgy’s in Oak Ridges – thank you to the owners and staff for hosting us!  Both candidates were invited to answer why we are running to be MP.  As a lawyer, volunteer community leader and Liberal Party activist, I explained that I plan to use my Liberal and volunteer experiences to work for our community. You can watch my speech on YouTube by clicking here.

My wife Heather, our new son Benjamin and I have continued to spread the Liberal message at many public events since my last update (you can keep up to date by liking my Facebook Page):

  • September 19 – Grand re-opening of the Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame.
  • September 20 – Aurora Farmers’ Market and the founding meeting of our riding’s Young Liberal Club.
  • September 23 – I chaired the All Candidates’ Debates for Oak Ridges (Ward 1) and the Catholic and French School Board Trustees.
  • September 27 – Culture Days at the Aurora Cultural Centre and the Farmers’ Market.
  • September 28 – Campaign Meet and Greet at Annalisa Restaurant in Aurora.
  • October 2 – Chris Ballard’s Volunteer Appreciation Event and Richmond Hill Regional Councillors’ Debate.
  • October 5 – Aurora All Candidates’ Debate.
  • October 7 – I am a sponsor of the We Can Change the World Day fundraiser and attending the Richmond Hill Mayoral Debate.

Please feel free to call, email, Facebook or tweet me any time.

Mid-September 2014 Campaign Update

Jason, Heather and Ben with Justin Trudeau This September, I have continued to connect with residents in our new riding to build momentum for the next federal election.  This has led to positive media coverage about my campaign both locally and nationally.  Click here to read a feature on my candidacy in the Auroran Newspaper. In the Hill Times, Canada’s politics and government newsweekly, I was mentioned as a Liberal capable of winning in our riding.  I am going to continue to work hard for you, the community and voters in our riding.

On Sunday, September 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., I hope you will come out to my Meet and Greet at Annalisa: Asian Fusion Cuisine & Lounge at 15171 Yonge Street, Aurora. You can RSVP by clicking here. We will have some free snacks and I really look forward to seeing you there!

I’ve continued to attend numerous events in Richmond Hill and Aurora.  As a member of the organizing committee for the Richmond Hill election debates, I’ve had a public role for the wards in our riding.  On September 4, I was a panelist for Wards 3 and 4.  On September 11, I was a timekeeper for Ward 2 and the School Board Trustee Candidates in our riding.  I will also be helping at the Oak Ridges (Ward 1) debate on September 23.

On September 6, we had a great Young Liberal turnout at my campaign event at Menchie’s in Oak Ridges.  I am always impressed by their energy, intelligence and commitment!  This past weekend, I attended the LPC(O) Convention in Markham that I helped to organize as a steering committee member.

I have continued to spread the Liberal message at many local events, including the Aurora Rib Fest, the Moon Festival in Richmond Hill and the Wild Wild West Hoedown in Aurora.  On September 14, I was excited to watch our very own Young Liberal, Shadi Mousavi Nia, receive the top scholarship at the Crescent Village Community BBQ.  Congratulations Shadi!

Every day, I’m connecting with more voters and convincing more community leaders that we need to elect Justin Trudeau as prime minister.  You don’t have to wait until the nomination is over to do your part – please talk to your family, friends and neighbours to get them involved.  With your help, we will paint this riding red!

Jason Cherniak Nomination Update – Aug 31

Jason, Heather and Benjamin CherniakHeather and I are very pleased to announce that our son, Benjamin Hogan Cherniak, was born at 3 a.m. on Thursday, August 21, 2014. He was 8 pounds, 2 ounces and we are all home and healthy.

August has been a very busy month! Before our baby was born, I attended Minister Helena Jaczek's volunteer appreciation event, the Alzheimer Society of York Region's Golf Tournament, Minister Reza Moridi's annual BBQ, the Lake Wilcox Grand Opening, Richmond Hill Deputy Mayor Vito Spatafora's campaign launch and Our Lady of the Annunciation's annual BBQ. You can see some great pictures on my Facebook page – click here to see one of my volunteer canvass teams.

This past week, I enjoyed the first policy meeting of our new riding, Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill. Congratulations to Policy VP Dave Grewal for his successful organization! The attendees spoke about foreign affairs, domestic issues, the economy, the environment and health care. There were some exciting ideas in the room and I look foward to working on them as the future MP!

My team and I are organizing the following events for September:

  • September 28: An afternoon meet and greet in Aurora.  Details to follow.

I look forward to seeing you at one or more of these events!

Since my last update, we've added some new content to the website.  Please click here to read local and national news articles in which I've been quoted.

Jason Cherniak Nomination Update – Aug 4

Dear friends and fellow Liberals,

I am writing to update you on my campaign for the federal Liberal nomination in the new riding of Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill.  I’ve been very busy since the last update and you can see my daily activities on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/liberaljason.  After going door to door for the rest of the summer (and welcoming our new son into the world), the next campaign event will be in Aurora the evening of October 2 – I hope to see you there!

Since the last update, the team has organized two successful events:

  1. On June 25, George Smitherman came to Oak Ridges for a fundraiser at Sarpa Trattoria.  We had a great turnout and I’m looking forward to organizing even bigger events to engage our communities and raise money for the riding after the nomination.  Click here to see some pictures in the local snapd magazine.  Thank you to the Liberal MPPs who represent our riding, Minister Helena Jaczek, Minister Reza Moridi and Chris Ballard, and our nominated candidate in Markham-Stouffville, Dr. Jane Philpott, for attending.
  2. On July 19, the team organized a free family BBQ at Phyllis Rawlinson Park in Richmond Hill.  We invited all Liberal members in the riding and local residents, and the event was a huge success.  Click here to see a picture of our volunteer team.  The volunteers, including many new Young Liberals, did a great job and I can’t thank them enough.

The campaign has been going very well and I’ve enjoyed meeting many of you.  Please contact me using the information below any time you like.

Next time you hear from me, Heather and I will be new parents.  We’re expecting our son any day and we can’t wait!

Have a great summer.

Yours truly,