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Memorable Manitobans: Saul Mark Cherniack (1917-2018)

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Saul Mark Cherniack
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Lawyer, MLA (1963-1966), MLA (1966-1969), MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977), MLA (1977-1981).

Born at Winnipeg on 10 January 1917, son of Joseph Alter Cherniack and Fanya “Fannie” Golden (1886-1971), he was educated at the Peretz Folk School, Machray School, St. John’s High School, and University of Manitoba. During the Second World War, he served as a Captain in the Canadian Army (1943-1946), one of three lawyers across Canada representing the interests of interned Japanese-Canadians. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1964.

On 10 July 1938 he married Sybil Claire Zeal (1916-1997), daughter of Joseph and Mary Zeal of Winnipeg. They have two sons: Howard David Cherniack and Lawrence Allan “Lawrie” Cherniack. He served as a trustee on the Winnipeg School Board (1950-1954), councillor for the Town of Winnipeg Beach (1958-1959), alderman in the Winnipeg City Council (1959-1960), and councillor for the Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (1960-1962). He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature in the 1962 general election, and was re-elected in 1966, 1969, 1973, and 1977. In 1969, he became the Minister of Finance and was the Minister responsible for amalgamating the old City of Winnipeg and its suburbs into the “Unicity” of Winnipeg in 1971. After his retirement from the Legislature in 1981, he served as Board Chair of Manitoba Hydro, and as a member of the Security Intelligence Review Committee overseeing the Canadian Intelligence Security Service.

In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), and was inducted into the Order of Canada (1994) and the Order of Manitoba (2002).

He died at Winnipeg on 30 March 2018.


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1960.

“Future cabinet ministers, their past and present,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1969, page 26.

Obituary [Sybil Claire Cherniack], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 April 1997, page 27.

Former Manitoba cabinet minister and veteran, Saul Cherniack, dies at 101,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 March 2018.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 April 2018.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 August 2020

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