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Adam Vaughan

Adam Vaughan
Adam Vaughan in 2014
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Spadina-Fort York
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by district created
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Trinity—Spadina
In office
June 30, 2014 – October 19, 2015
Preceded by Olivia Chow
Succeeded by district abolished
Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 20) Trinity-Spadina
In office
December 1, 2006 – May 13, 2014
Preceded by Martin Silva
Succeeded by Ceta Ramkhalawansingh
Personal details
Born (1961-07-03) July 3, 1961
Toronto, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Lina Cino
Children 2
Occupation Journalist

Adam Vaughan (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. 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.


  • Background 1
  • Journalism 2
  • Politics 3
  • Election results 4
    • Federal Elections 4.1
    • Municipal elections 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6


He is married to Lina Cino with whom he has a son (Salvador). He also has a daughter (Mimi) from a previous relationship with 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 Citytv in 1987 as a producer of CityWise. 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 unless he stopped reporting on his family.[2][3]


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 is the party's critic for urban affairs and housing.[9]

In the October 2015 federal election, Vaughan faced Olivia Chow for the NDP, 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, but on election day he defeated Chow, taking 54.5% of the vote to Chow's 27.4%.[10][11]

Election results

Federal Elections

Canadian federal election, 2015: Spadina—Fort York
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Adam Vaughan 30,141 54.66 30.27
New Democratic Olivia Chow 15,047 27.28 22.36
Conservative Sabrina Zuniga 8,673 15.73 5.13
Green Sharon Danley 1,137 2.06 2.11
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[12][13]
Canadian federal by-election, June 30, 2014: Trinity—Spadina
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[14]

Municipal elections

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[15]
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". 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. 
  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. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Spadina—Fort York, 30 September 2015
  13. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
  14. ^ "Elections Canada".  
  15. ^ City Clerk's Official Declaration 2006

External links

  • Adam Vaughan – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Official website
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