Adam Vaughan MP (born July 3, 1961) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a Liberal member of the House of Commons in the federal government who was elected in a by-election on June 30, 2014. He is currently the MP for Spadina—Fort York, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Housing and Urban Affairs). From 2006 to 2014 he was a Toronto city councillor who represented Ward 20 Trinity—Spadina. Prior to his career in politics he was a radio and TV journalist.
Vaughan in 2017
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Housing and Urban Affairs)|
|Assumed office |
January 30, 2017
|Preceded by||Terry Duguid|
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Intergovernmental Affairs)|
December 2, 2015 – January 27, 2017
|Preceded by||Paul Calandra|
|Succeeded by||Peter Schiefke|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
for Spadina-Fort York
|Assumed office |
June 30, 2014
|Preceded by||Olivia Chow|
|Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 20) Trinity-Spadina|
December 1, 2006 – May 13, 2014
|Preceded by||Martin Silva|
|Succeeded by||Ceta Ramkhalawansingh|
|Born||July 3, 1961|
Toronto, Ontario. Canada
He is married to Nicole Anatol and he has a son (Salvador) and a daughter (Mimi) from previous relationships. Mimi's mother is journalist Suhana Meharchand. His father, Colin Vaughan, was a noted architect, television journalist and former city councillor, who preceded Adam as Citytv's political reporter until his death in 2000.
Adam Vaughan worked at Ryerson University radio station CKLN from 1982 to 1987, and was manager of the station from 1985 to 1987. He joined CITY-TV in 1987 as a producer of CityWide. He left in 1989 to join the board of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters.
Adam Vaughan worked at Toronto city council representing ward 20, Trinity Spadina, and during his tenure he forwarded the idea of banning the sale of all ammunition for small arms. He was quoted :"Just like you can’t have a cobra in your backyard … why have bullets in the city? If we make it harder and harder to get those bullets we might stop them flying around the city."
In 1990, he joined Metro Morning on CBL as a segment producer. He subsequently joined CBLT in 1994, covering City Hall as a municipal reporter, producer, and director. Vaughan has covered Toronto Police Service, Toronto City Hall, Queen's Park and Parliament Hill in his career.He returned to the Citytv team in 2000.
Vaughan has written for Toronto Life magazine and the Toronto Star. Before becoming a journalist, Adam Vaughan was a cartoonist for Books in Canada, Quill and Quire, Canadian Forum and several other publications.
After Marilyn Bornstein, the wife of the then mayor of Toronto Mel Lastman, was caught shoplifting from an Eaton's store in Toronto, the mayor threatened to kill Vaughan If he reported on his family.
Vaughan ran in Trinity—Spadina - Ward 20 in the 2006 municipal election. The seat had been vacated by Olivia Chow who left the city for federal politics. He won the seat defeating Helen Kennedy, Chow's executive assistant, by 2,300 votes.
As a member of City Council Vaughan sat on the Planning and Growth Management Committee, the Toronto Arts Council, Artscape Board, the Board of Trustees for the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Harbourfront Centre Board. Additionally he sat on the city's Heritage Board, and the city's Preservation Board.
In 2014, he ran as the Liberal candidate in a federal by-election following New Democratic Party MP Olivia Chow's resignation. Vaughan resigned his city council seat on May 13, 2014, several days after the Trinity—Spadina by-election was called. He defeated NDP candidate Joe Cressy by 6,745 votes.
He served as the party's critic for urban affairs and housing.
In the October 2015 federal election, Vaughan ran in Spadina—Fort York, essentially a reconfigured version of his old riding. His main opponent was Chow, the person who he had replaced twice, first as a councillor at Toronto City Hall and then later as MP after Chow's resignation in early 2014 to run for the Mayor's job in Toronto. Once the election was called, Vaughan initially trailed Chow in public opinion polls. However, on election day, in part due to a massive surge of Liberal support in Toronto, he defeated Chow convincingly, taking 54.5% of the vote to Chow's 27.4%.
|Canadian federal election, 2015: Spadina—Fort York|
|New Democratic||Olivia Chow||15,047||27.28||22.36||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||55,148||100.0||$205,892.35|
|Total rejected ballots||268||0.48||–|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|June 30, 2014: Trinity—SpadinaCanadian federal by-election, |
Resignation of Olivia Chow
|New Democratic||Joe Cressy||11,802||34.14||−20.37|
|Christian Heritage||Linda Groce-Gibbons||174||0.50||–|
|Independent||John "The Engineer" Turmel||141||0.41||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||34,566||100.00||–|
|Total rejected ballots||111||0.32||−0.12|
|Liberal gain from New Democratic||Swing||+25.32|
|By-election due to the resignation of Olivia Chow to run in the 2014 Toronto mayoral election.|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2010 Toronto election, Ward 20|
|2006 Toronto election, Ward 20|
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- Timothy Appleby, "The mayor goes ballistic: Death threat against report has Lastman in hot water", Globe and Mail, p. A1, A3, 13 May 1999.
- "Toronto mayor threatens CBC reporter". CBC News. November 10, 2000. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
- "Adam Vaughan wins Liberal nomination for Trinity-Spadina". CBC News. May 3, 2014.
- Harper, Tim (April 17, 2014). "Adam Vaughan to run for Liberals in federal byelection". Toronto Star.
- "Adam Vaughan to Run in Trinity-Spadina By-election". AM 640. May 11, 2014.
- "Adam Vaughan, on Rob Ford's legacy". Toronto Life. May 14, 2014. Archived from the original on May 15, 2014.
- Delacourt, Susan; Vincent, Donovan; Benzie, Robert (June 30, 2014). "Adam Vaughan, Arnold Chan lead Liberals to byelection wins". Toronto Star.
- Fekete, Jason (September 17, 2014). "Q and A: MP Adam Vaughan on what Toronto city council taught him". Ottawa Citizen.
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- "Elections Canada Preliminary Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
- "Bill Blair, Adam Vaughan among new parliamentary secretaries". www.cbc.ca. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
- Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Spadina—Fort York, 30 September 2015
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
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- City Clerk's Official Declaration 2006 Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine