The No-Politics-Allowed Candidate Questionnaire: Spadina-Fort York
A handful of Toronto ridings are way too close to call. For those who can’t make up their minds on the basis of the issues, we present the ultimate tie-breaker: a questionnaire in which the front-runners answer questions on just about every topic other than politics—the theory being that if their policies haven’t won you over, perhaps their personalities will.
(Liberal, current vote projection*: 36.2 per cent)
(NDP, current vote projection*: 46.1 per cent)
What’s your most impressive trait?
Vaughan: Modesty. With sincerity a close second! On a more serious note, I like to think I recognize great ideas when I hear them and then engage the people who think those new thoughts to work with me and others bringing those ideas to life.
Chow: I collaborate with other people.
Vaughan: Cheeky. I’m way too good at heckling. It is why I avoided Twitter for so long.
Chow: I’m impatient.
How much do you usually tip?
Vaughan: Way more than the people I’m running against! I’ve been a bartender and a waiter. I respect how hard folks work giving good service.
Chow: 15 to 20 per cent.
When was the last time you experienced joy?
Vaughan: Watching my son who is in grade six speak up for students at his school as they committed to sponsoring a refugee family from Syria. You hope you transmit values. When you see it happen like that it is joy.
Chow: Five minutes ago as I was looking at the flowers on my deck.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Vaughan: A journalist.
If you could live in any decade, which one and why?
Vaughan: I was born in the sixties. I think I would have liked to be a little older during that decade.
Chow: Now, because I believe in living every moment to the fullest.
What Friends character are you?
Vaughan: Isn’t there a website quiz for this? Thank goodness you didn’t ask what character on The Wire!
What’s your favourite vice?
Vaughan: Jouvert in Trinidad! (Opening night of carnival is vice alive.)
Chow: Pistachio nuts and red wine.
If you had to survive on one fast food item for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Vaughan: Wine! (You have to order quick.)
Chow: Yam fries.
Who’s your role model?
Vaughan: Eduardo Galeano (great writer and political thinker from Uruguay). My favourite quote: “Utopia is on the horizon. I move two steps closer; it moves two steps further away. I walk another ten steps and the horizon runs ten steps further away. As much as I may walk, I’ll never reach it. So what’s the point of utopia? The point is this: to keep walking.”
Chow: Tommy Douglas.
Name a word you’re not sure how to pronounce.
What’s the last book you read?
Vaughan: Fiction: Tar Baby, by Toni Morrison. A friend gave it to me. Non Fiction: Party of One, by Michael Harris.
Chow: This is Happy, by Camilla Gibb.
What’s a slightly embarrassing fact about you no one knew until right now?
Vaughan: While I love cricket, I can’t bat worth a damn. Best score ever 26. (I got 19 not out this year as a top score in a five over match.)
Chow: I sing out of tune.
What’s a bad day like for you?
Vaughan: I was a cartoonist. Even bad days make me laugh.
Chow: When you lose someone you love.
What smartphone app do you use the most?
Vaughan: I’m an MP. BBM still rules.
What’s your favourite curse word?
Chow: You can’t print it.
What’s your favourite possession?
Vaughan: My espresso machine.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
Vaughan: He was late for his funeral too!
Chow: I just want my name to be spelled correctly.
Car, bike, or TTC?
Vaughan: Bike (but walking is even better).
Dog or cat?
Vaughan: Blue Jay.
White or whole wheat?
Vaughan: Whole wheat.
Chow: Whole wheat.
Ketchup or sriracha?
Drake or Meek Mill?
*(Vote projections from threehundredeight.com)