My Vote, My Future: Martin Moriarty on BC Election 2017

Apr 8 2017, 7:26 am

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?

Martin Moriarty.

How old are you?


What do you do?

Commercial Real Estate Broker.

Where do you live?

Vancouver Westside.

Have you voted before?

Yes, but first time eligible in Canada (British National).

Do you plan on voting this time?


Does your family influence how you vote?

Yes – as it should.

How closely do you follow BC politics?

Fairly closely. Due to my profession, I need to be aware of the political landscape and its greater impact.

Do you know who your local candidates are?

Yes, mainly due to the overwhelming amount of leafleting in my neighbourhood.

Can you name the three party leaders?

Yes, Christy Clark and the other two. [For the record, the other two are Andrew Weaver and John Horgan.]

Would you ever consider running for office?

Yes – whilst politicians are often widely demonized, I do believe there are some elected officials that choose their pathway to help. Should I feel it necessary, I would run for office (albeit I would have to work on my Canadian accent and general likability).

Which issues do you care most about?

Jobs and the economy

The economy is the engine of society and should be the single most important issue in any election. I lived/worked through the deepest recession in Britain’s recent history and saw the direct impact on people’s livelihoods – people so easily forget how good things are until there is change.

Society is significantly impacted by a shift in economic prosperity. British Columbians should see this election as a pivotal moment in shaping the province’s future direction and consider the dangers associated with a change in economic course.

Election of a financially prudent government that can keep BC’s economy on the right track and growing.

Transportation and infrastructure

Traffic. Liveability. Wellbeing. As the province, and particularly the Lower Mainland, continues to grow, I feel the issue of infrastructure is going to become more prevalent. It is a difficult issue that’s not easy to solve, but is one that’s not going away.

I would like to see more bike lanes! Of course not, that solves nothing. Creation of a shared strategy for a functional/efficient infrastructure network fused with cooperation and commitment from federal, provincial, and local branches of government (one can dream…).

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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