Federal Election Transportation Debate


Adam Vaughan, Liberal Party of Canada

Adam Vaughan, Liberal Party of CanadaAs a politician, activist and journalist, Adam Vaughan has played a lead role in making sure social and economic growth in Toronto benefits all. He was first elected to the House of Commons in June, 2014, and re-elected in October 2015. As the Member of Parliament for Spadina-Fort York and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Housing and Urban Affairs), Adam helped design and deliver Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy. He also worked with the Prime Minister on renewing the Federal Government’s urban agenda. This led to significant new investments in public transit in Toronto. Adam was elected twice to Toronto City Council where he helped lead campaigns to rebuild and revitalize existing public housing and initiated new policies to create family housing, supportive housing and co-op housing programs in the city. He has served on the Boards of the Toronto Arts Council, the Art Gallery of Ontario and Harbourfront Centre. Before entering politics, Adam was a broadcast journalist for more than 20 years, specializing in municipal affairs for both the CBC and Citytv. More info.

Diana Yoon, New Democratic Party of Canada

Diana Yoon, New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP)Diana is a climate solutions expert, housing advocate, graphic designer, and balcony gardener ready to fight for the Spadina-Fort York neighbourhood in Parliament. Through her work with The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) and as a founding member of Climate Justice Toronto, Diana is a long-time activist for a just transition to a low carbon future that includes free public transit and good green jobs. In Toronto’s Chinatown, she’s worked with the community to fight displacement and gentrification. Diana was the Housing Lead of the Toronto Youth Cabinet for the 2018-2019 term, where she championed youth-friendly affordable housing solutions. Previous to TAF, she worked with Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton and at the Queen’s University Sustainability Office. For her environmental leadership, Diana was one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists under 25 in 2017. She has a post-graduate certificate in Environmental Visual Communications, a joint program between the Royal Ontario Museum and Fleming College. Diana also holds a Bachelor’s in Human Geography & Environmental Studies from Queen’s University. More info.

Tim Grant, Green Party of Canada

Tim Grant, Green Party of OntarioTim Grant Tim Grant is the Green Party of Canada’s Urban Affairs and Housing critic and candidate for University-Rosedale in the upcoming federal election. He has been the Green Party of Ontario’s candidate in the last 3 provincial elections and continues to serve as the party’s Transport Critic. In his day job, Tim is the publisher of Green Teacher, one of the most respected environmental education magazines in the world. Over the years, he edited 10 books and hosted 85 webinars on a wide variety of education topics. He was the chair of the Harbord Village Residents Association from 2010-2017 and a board member for 15 years. During that time, Tim organized tree promotion/inventory projects and raised money for Scadding Court’s university scholarship program for low-income students in Alexander Park. He co-chaired the Downtown West Solar Energy Project and Tower Power Toronto and, most recently, has been involved with Charter City Toronto, a project to help Toronto gain the power to make its own decisions and have the financial resources it needs to thrive. Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto. More info.

Note: The Conservative Party of Canada and People's Party of Canada were invited to participate.