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?
How old are you?
What do you do?
President & CEO at L & A Energy Consulting Ltd.
Where do you live?
Have you voted before?
Do you plan on voting this time?
Does your family influence how you vote?
How closely do you follow BC politics?
Do you know who your local candidates are?
I know two of the local candidates in my riding. James Lombardi and David Eby. [The third candidate is Amanda Konkin.]
Can you name the three party leaders?
Christy Clark, Andrew Weaver and John Horgan.
Would you ever consider running for office?
Perhaps in the future, but not at this point in my life. I think the Liberals have done a relatively good job in the past 16 years.
What issues do you care most about?
Affordability and housing
The affordability issue is big. Housing is not a commodity to get betting on and trading. For this reason the majority of my staff are located outside of the Lower Mainland (Calgary), as no one can compete if they are to pay a decent living wage here.
This is important because it makes BC a tough place to grow a successful business. When companies can’t recruit top talent, because of how much it costs to live here, it hurts everyone.
I think a speculation tax might help, whereby a large tax on properties bought and then sold within something like a five-year term was put in place, might curb it a bit and also the empty home tax.
Transit and transport infrastructure
Traffic in Vancouver is terrible! I seldom drive for that reason. The SkyTrain seems to be coming towards a major point of repair as it’s 30 years old now, and we still have no rideshare programs like Uber and Lyft, so getting around is tough sometimes.
This is important because transportation of people and goods is the heartbeat of an economy and city. If that slows and is tough it affects everyone and everything.
Being land locked, we should be moving towards more innovative means of transport and relying less on traditional vehicles, with more emphasis on transit. Average vehicles only move 5% of the time, so making less parking and more drive space would alleviate a lot of congestion I think.
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.
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