Adam Vaughan has been elected to the House of Commons twice and has also served two terms as a Toronto City Councillor. He currently represents the downtown riding of Spadina-Fort York and serves as the Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Urban Affairs under Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, the Minister for Families, Children and Social Development.
Prior to entering politics in 2006, Mr. Vaughan was a journalist for over twenty years. He began life as a journalist at CKLN Radio, moving to Citytv and then CBC Television and Radio. As a reporter he specialized in municipal affairs mainly covering City Hall and Queen’s Park, and occasionally covering Parliament Hill as well. Mr. Vaughan has also written on urban issues for several publications and is a published cartoonist.
At the Federal level Mr. Vaughan has played a key role in developing Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy. On February 1, 2017 Mr. Vaughan was appointed to chair an Advisory Committee on Homelessness that recommended restructuring Canada’s approach to fighting homelessness. From December 2015 to February 2017, Mr. Vaughan served as the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, helping to restore the Federal Government’s role in city building.
As a municipal politician, Mr. Vaughan helped reform the city’s approach to housing and led the revitalization, construction and repair of public housing, including spearheading the rebuild of Alexandra Park. He was also on the Boards of the Toronto Arts Council, The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Harbourfront Centre for the Arts. Mr. Vaughan also served on Toronto’s Police Services Board.
As the local MP for Spadina-Fort York, Mr. Vaughan has secured significant funding for waterfront revitalization, OCAD University as well as significant new investments in transit for the riding. As MP he has continued to provide leadership on housing in the city by restoring operating agreements for Co-ops, building new affordable housing and ensuring existing TCHC stock is repaired. Mr. Vaughan has also played a key role in the government’s innovation agenda, ensuring that local tech firms receive the support they need to succeed in Toronto.
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