Adam Vaughan

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Adam Vaughan

Adam Vaughan - 2017 Homelessness Summit (32445688516) (cropped).jpg
Vaughan in 2017
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Housing)
Assumed office
January 30, 2017
MinisterJean-Yves Duclos, Ahmed Hussen
Preceded byTerry Duguid
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Intergovernmental Affairs)
In office
December 2, 2015 – January 27, 2017
MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byPaul Calandra
Succeeded byPeter Schiefke
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Spadina-Fort York
Trinity—Spadina (2014-2015)
Assumed office
June 30, 2014
Preceded byOlivia Chow
Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 20) Trinity-Spadina
In office
December 1, 2006 – May 13, 2014
Preceded byMartin Silva
Succeeded byCeta Ramkhalawansingh
Personal details
Born (1961-07-03) July 3, 1961 (age 59)
Toronto, Ontario. Canada
Political partyLiberal

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.


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.[1] 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.

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.[2][3]


Vaughan in 2014

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.

After the 2010 mayoral election, Vaughan was an outspoken critic of then-Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

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.[4][5] Vaughan resigned his city council seat on May 13, 2014, several days after the Trinity—Spadina by-election was called.[6][7] He defeated NDP candidate Joe Cressy by 6,745 votes.[8]

He served as the party's critic for urban affairs and housing.[9]

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%.[10][11]

On December 2, 2015, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs.[12]

Election results[edit]

Federal elections[edit]

2019 Canadian federal election: Spadina—Fort York
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Adam Vaughan 33,822 55.8 +1.14
New Democratic Diana Yoon 12,188 20.1 -7.18
Conservative Frank Fang 10,680 17.6 +1.87
Green Dean Maher 3,174 5.2 +3.14
People's Robert Stewart 672 1.1 -
Independent Marcela Ramirez 114 0.2 -
Total valid votes/Expense limit 60,650 100.0
Total rejected ballots 339
Turnout 60,989 67.7
Eligible voters 90,022
Source: Elections Canada[13][14]
2015 Canadian federal election: Spadina—Fort York
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Adam Vaughan 30,141 54.66 Increase30.27
New Democratic Olivia Chow 15,047 27.28 Decrease22.36
Conservative Sabrina Zuniga 8,673 15.73 Decrease5.13
Green Sharon Danley 1,137 2.06 Decrease2.11
PACT Michael Nicula 91 0.17
Marxist–Leninist Nick Lin 59 0.11
Total valid votes/Expense limit 55,148 100.0     $205,892.35
Total rejected ballots 268 0.48
Turnout 55,416 73.93
Eligible voters 74,958
Source: Elections Canada[15][16]

Canadian federal by-election, June 30, 2014: Trinity—Spadina
Resignation of Olivia Chow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Adam Vaughan 18,547 53.66 +30.27
New Democratic Joe Cressy 11,802 34.14 −20.37
Conservative Benjamin Sharma 2,022 5.85 −10.96
Green Camille Labchuk 1,880 5.43 +1.05
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
Turnout 34,677 31.78 −37.02
Eligible voters 110,252
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[17]

Municipal elections[edit]

2010 Toronto election, Ward 20
Candidate Votes %
Adam Vaughan 16,486 74.523%
Mike Yen 3,601 16.278%
Dean Maher 1,233 5.574%
Roman Polochansky 487 2.201%
Ken Osadchuk 315 1.424%
Total 22,122 100%
2006 Toronto election, Ward 20[18]
Candidate Votes %
Adam Vaughan 7,834 51.7
Helen Kennedy 5,334 35.2
Desmond Cole 750 4.9
Chris Ouellette 375 2.5
Joseph Tuan 359 2.4
Devendra Sharma 231 1.5
Douglas Lowry 193 1.3
Carmin Priolo 91 0.6


  1. ^ Kuitenbrouwer, P. May 18, 2006. "No longer a journalist, now candidate for council" Archived August 30, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. National Post. Retrieved June 1, 2007.
  2. ^ Timothy Appleby, "The mayor goes ballistic: Death threat against report has Lastman in hot water", Globe and Mail, p. A1, A3, 13 May 1999.
  3. ^ "Toronto mayor threatens CBC reporter". CBC News. November 10, 2000. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  4. ^ "Adam Vaughan wins Liberal nomination for Trinity-Spadina". CBC News. May 3, 2014.
  5. ^ Harper, Tim (April 17, 2014). "Adam Vaughan to run for Liberals in federal byelection". Toronto Star.
  6. ^ "Adam Vaughan to Run in Trinity-Spadina By-election". AM 640. May 11, 2014.
  7. ^ "Adam Vaughan, on Rob Ford's legacy". Toronto Life. May 14, 2014. Archived from the original on May 15, 2014.
  8. ^ Delacourt, Susan; Vincent, Donovan; Benzie, Robert (June 30, 2014). "Adam Vaughan, Arnold Chan lead Liberals to byelection wins". Toronto Star.
  9. ^ Fekete, Jason (September 17, 2014). "Q and A: MP Adam Vaughan on what Toronto city council taught him". Ottawa Citizen.
  10. ^ Laurie Monsebraaten (October 19, 2015). "Liberal candidate Adam Vaughan wins in Spadina-Fort York". The Toronto Star. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  11. ^ "Elections Canada Preliminary Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  12. ^ "Bill Blair, Adam Vaughan among new parliamentary secretaries". Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  13. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  14. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  15. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Spadina—Fort York, 30 September 2015
  16. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Elections Canada". Elections Canada. October 3, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  18. ^ City Clerk's Official Declaration 2006 Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine

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