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My Vote, My Future: Nicole Stevens on BC Election 2017

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DH Vancouver Staff Apr 09, 2017 1:30 am 947

Ahead of the BC election, Daily Hive is profiling young voters from across the province. Want to join in and share your thoughts? Email [email protected], subject line: My Future.


Who are you?

Nicole Stevens.

How old are you?

20.

What do you do?

I am a theatre student at UBC, and I work at an organic cafe that sells pie.

Where do you live?

Fairview area.

Have you voted before?

Yes.

Do you plan on voting this time?

Yes.

Does your family influence how you vote?

No.

How closely do you follow BC politics?

Not as much as I should, I am more focused on federal and international politics, and I should pay more attention to local. I’m not paying enough attention. The legislation that affects me, I pay attention to.

Do you know who your local candidates are?

No.

Can you name the three party leaders?

No.

Would you ever consider running for office?

I probably would, because, for example, Justin Trudeau was a drama teacher and then he became the prime minister, and I’m studying theatre at UBC, so why not?

What issues do you care most about?

The environment

We’re screwing over our future generation and ourselves, and everyone else around us. I want to see more work on public transit because that gets rid of the carbon emissions, and you get more people on board. I hate seeing all these cars driving around, I really do.

Transit 

I have to get to UBC and I live in Fairview, so there’s a lot of commuters to UBC, and UBC brings a lot of prosperity to Vancouver. I have mixed feelings about the projects, all these businesses are being shut down because we’re going to extend the SkyTrain, so honestly, mixed feelings. I don’t really know where to say the answers are. So I’m not ready for office yet, but maybe I’ll come up with something.

Democracy

I want people to get away from party politics, because I feel you can get into some really bad situations. We need to reevaluate democracy and people who are criticizing the system itself are the people who actually need to enforce change.

I think there’s still a lot more that needs to be done in forms of [achieving] real, true democracy. I think it’s people like me, because although I do know about it and I will do my best to become informed before the election, I’m not as involved right now. I feel like we need people like that who are ready to acknowledge that there needs to be change.”


Are you a young British Columbian and eligible to vote in the BC election? We would love to profile you. Email [email protected], subject line: My Future, to find out more.

Daily Hive is your home for BC Election coverage throughout the campaign period. To access our full BC Election coverage click here: Battleground BC.

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