Episode 12: The 6ix Councillor Michael Layton

You know, most Canadians, if they don’t show up for work, they don’t get a promotion!
— Jack Layton
Ward 19: Trinity-Spadina encompasses the area from Bathurst to Dovercourt, and Dupont to the Lake. Liberty Village, the Christie Pits, Little Portugal, Little Italy, Trinity Bellwoods, and Queen Street West are some of the neighbourhoods in this area.

Ward 19: Trinity-Spadina encompasses the area from Bathurst to Dovercourt, and Dupont to the Lake. Liberty Village, the Christie Pits, Little Portugal, Little Italy, Trinity Bellwoods, and Queen Street West are some of the neighbourhoods in this area.

Background

Today, we kickstart a new series called “The 6ix Councillors” where I try to find out more about the councillors who run the City of Toronto.

Our first councillor represents Ward 19: Trinity-Spadina, and his dad is Toronto legend Jack Layton, I am pleased to have on the show with me Councillor Michael Layton!

Interview with Michael Layton

Questions

Below are the questions I asked the Councillor and the time in the recording in which each question was asked:

  • (00:28) How has the Trinity-Spadina riding changed over the 25+ years you’ve lived there?
  • (01:30) What is your earliest politics related memory?
  • (03:29) Why should we care about the environment?
  • (04:51) What do you have to say to people that are skeptical about climate change and the cost it takes to implement green initiatives? 
  • (07:55) What is Council doing to make Toronto more sustainable?
  • (10:29) Car vs Public Transit vs Bike…how can Torontonians collectively improve their commute?
  • (13:17) What do you think has been your greatest achievement so far as City Councillor?
  • (15:27) What piece of advice from your dad, the great Jack Layton, has stuck with you to this day?
  • (18:14) Do you see yourself running for higher office, such as being an MPP, or MP in the future?