The No-Politics-Allowed Candidate Questionnaire: Toronto Centre
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*: 49.6 per cent)
(NDP, current vote projection*: 33.5 per cent)
What’s your most impressive trait?
Morneau: My ability to stay calm in challenging situations.
Morneau: I grew up with four younger sisters and was the prankster, much to their chagrin.
McQuaig: Indecision. Or is it?
How much do you usually tip?
Morneau: I tip generously, especially for friendly and effective service.
McQuaig: 20 per cent.
When was the last time you experienced joy?
Morneau: A few months ago, two of my kids graduated from high school, which was a particularly joyful moment for my wife Nancy and I.
McQuaig: It’s literally my middle name.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Morneau: My mom tells me I wore a cape around the house. So maybe Superman.
McQuaig: A writer.
If you could live in any decade, which one and why?
Morneau: I’m focused on building a better future. I’m excited to live in the present and see our plan to grow the economy and the middle class have an impact on future generations of Canadians.
McQuaig: The 1830s—although I wouldn’t like dentistry without anaesthetic.
What Friends character are you?
Morneau: I share some qualities with Monica and Ross.
McQuaig: Not sure about Friends, but I wouldn’t mind being Arya in Game of Thrones.
What’s your favourite vice?
Morneau: Vanilla Girl Guide Cookies. The old-fashioned ones.
McQuaig: Joe Biden.
If you had to survive on one fast food item for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Morneau: Sub sandwiches.
McQuaig: Old-fashioned plain Timbits.
Who’s your role model?
Morneau: My wife, Nancy. She’s my biggest supporter and my kids get all of their great qualities from her.
McQuaig: My daughter.
Name a word you’re not sure how to pronounce.
What’s the last book you read?
Morneau: Of the 7 books on my nightstand, the most dog-eared is My Best Stories, by Alice Munro.
McQuaig: Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper’s Assault on Your Right to Know, by Mark Bourrie.
What’s a slightly embarrassing fact about you no one knew until right now?
Morneau: The real embarrassing stories will never make it into print! But a couple of weeks ago, premier Kathleen Wynne and I went for a run through Toronto Centre, which was immediately followed by a media availability. This meant that I had to quickly change out of my sweaty running gear. Having the Premier of Ontario see me shirtless was not part of the plan.
McQuaig: I once had a boyfriend called the Beast.
What’s a bad day like for you?
Morneau: Not having time to spend with my family.
McQuaig: A Friday when my basketball game is cancelled.
What smartphone app do you use the most?
Morneau: I’m hooked on a couple of apps that help me plan my running routes. The apps work well for finding new and interesting 10-kilometre routes through Toronto Centre.
McQuaig: Twitter. #teammcquaig
What’s your favourite curse word?
Morneau: I try my best not to swear, so I guess you could say I don’t have a favourite.
What’s your favourite possession?
Morneau: Time is the thing I have in shortest supply!
McQuaig: My coffee mug, although not if there’s a Conservative candidate around.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
Morneau: I hope this is a long time from now, and that the inscription makes my future grandchildren smile.
McQuaig: Died October 2115.
Car, bike, or TTC?
McQuaig: Does walking count?
Dog or cat?
McQuaig: My dog Chance.
White or whole wheat?
Morneau: Whole wheat.
Ketchup or sriracha?
McQuaig: Really, must I choose?
Drake or Meek Mill?
Morneau: According to my 18-year-old son, I am “proudly from the #6ix.”
*(Vote projections from threehundredeight.com)