The No-Politics-Allowed Candidate Questionnaire: University-Rosedale
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*: 41.8 per cent)
(NDP, current vote projection*: 34.8 per cent)
What’s your most impressive trait?
Hollett: Diplomacy. Friends call me “the diplomat.”
Hollett: Perfectionism. (And I know the fact I even bring that up is annoying.)
How much do you usually tip?
Freeland: 20 per cent.
Hollett: I used to be a server. 20 per cent.
When was the last time you experienced joy?
Freeland: Listening to my rambunctious 6 year-old son, Ivan, practice the piano after his first lesson this fall, and sit still to play and tell me how much he likes it.
Hollett: The other night at Snakes and Lattes. A couple of big belly laughs playing board games with our team.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Freeland: Legal aid lawyer (the job my mother did).
If you could live in any decade, which one and why?
Hollett: A decade in the future, to see where we’re headed so I can report back.
What Friends character are you?
Freeland: I’ve never seen Friends—I was living in Kyiv and Moscow when it was on TV.
What’s your favourite vice?
Freeland: Red wine.
Hollett: Sugar. Big sweet tooth and a mouth full of fillings.
If you had to survive on one fast food item for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Hollett: I’m getting by in this campaign thanks to burritos.
Who’s your role model?
Freeland: My late mother.
Hollett: Malala Yousafzai.
Name a word you’re not sure how to pronounce.
Hollett: Niche. I say neesh, but hear so many people committed to nitch.
What’s the last book you read?
Freeland: The Orenda, by Joseph Boyden.
Hollett: I’m reading The Entrepreneurial State, by Mariana Mazzucato.
What’s a slightly embarrassing fact about you no one knew until right now?
Freeland: That I really never have watched a single episode of Friends.
Hollett: I sometimes iron my shirt with my hair straightener.
What’s a bad day like for you?
Freeland: Late for everything—not even enough time to drink my essential morning coffee.
Hollett: Flat tire on my bike.
What smartphone app do you use the most?
What’s your favourite curse word?
Freeland: Kholera, which means cholera in Ukrainian and is the all-purpose Ukrainian curse word.
Hollett: I hardly ever swear. So when I do, it packs a punch.
What’s your favourite possession?
Freeland: The red bike my father bought me for Christmas last year.
Hollett: My passport.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
Freeland: “If I can’t dance, I don’t want your revolution.” Emma Goldman. (This was one of my mother’s favourite quotes. Goldman spent some time living in our riding and died in Toronto.)
Hollett: Lived her beliefs.
Car, bike, or TTC?
Dog or cat?
White or whole wheat?
Freeland: Whole wheat.
Hollett: Whole wheat.
Ketchup or sriracha?
Freeland: Sriracha. (And I also love Caplansky’s mustard!)
Drake or Meek Mill?
Freeland: Drake, but mostly in honour of Norm Kelly!
Hollett: Drake and The 6 of course.
*(Vote projections from threehundredeight.com)