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

Apr 22 2017, 7:25 pm

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 Douglas.

How old are you?


What do you do?

I’m a political science student at the University of Victoria.

Where do you live?

Victoria, BC.

Have you voted before?

Yes; once provincially and once federally.

Do you plan on voting this time?

I actually already have! I ducked into our local elections office and took advantage of the advanced polling days.

Does your family influence how you vote?

Not at all. I don’t even know who my parents tend to vote for. We don’t really talk about politics all that much.

I might be naive in saying so, but I think the phenomenon of uniform voting among family members is a much more American thing.

It seems to me that Canadians tend to identify much less strongly with a particular party and that seems to translate into children finding their own political voice.

How closely do you follow BC politics?

Honestly, not very closely. Closer now that there’s an election happening, but only enough to make an informed decision about where my vote will go.

Do you know who your local candidates are?

Again, I do… but only enough to make a decision about who to vote for.

Can you name the three party leaders?

Is this a test? [No. This is not a test 🙂 ]

Would you ever consider running for office?

Hmm, probably not. I don’t know if I have the right personality for it. I don’t like public speaking or arguing, so I can’t imagine that I’d make a great politician.

What issues do you care most about?

Affordability and housing

I remember one of my professors joking that none of us students would ever be able to afford the houses we grew up once we’re in the market to buy and I realized later… that wasn’t a joke. It’s true and it’s unfortunate.

My mother was a home owner in her late 20s and I really don’t see that happening for me. I’m responsible with my money but it’s just unrealistic in today’s economy, especially in the Lower Mainland.

Jobs and the economy

As an aspiring law student, I get told every day how horrible the job market is for new lawyers and it’s discouraging.

It doesn’t diminish my drive to pursue that career, but it can feel like a losers game sometimes.

We spend all this time and money on post-secondary education, only to be told there’s no work for us once we’ve graduated.

I don’t know who or what is to blame for it, but this issue definitely played a huge role in where I cast my vote this provincial election.

Politicians need to listen to younger generations when we say that we’re willing to work hard for the jobs we want and do something about the lack of job opportunities out there.

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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