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After the Election, I Hope...

BC voter Laura Cairns

Laura Cairns knows what it's like to try to get by for years on minimum-wage jobs, and she has one wish post-election day. Photo by David P. Ball.

Every day in this long election campaign, the party leaders follow their scripts. They talk in carefully crafted language about the issues they think offer political advantage, and avoid the ones that carry risk. It's theatre, marketing and verbal warfare.

But are they talking about what matters to ordinary citizens?

Tyee reporter David P. Ball approached voters in British Columbia with one question: What do you hope for after the election?

We'll share their stories in the weeks before the Oct. 19 election. We'll talk to a mother who struggled to find child care, a retired international development worker, someone trying to stay afloat at minimum wage, an Indigenous young adult yearning for real reconciliation, and more.

And we'll look at how the platforms of the four main parties reflect -- or fail to reflect -- the hopes these people have for a different, better Canada.

In This Series

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BC voter Laura Cairns

After the Election, I Hope for a Living Wage

'People are being left behind big time,' says one low-earner. Part of a series on dreams beyond Oct.19.

By David P. Ball, 29 Sep 2015


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Single mom Erin Arnold

After the Election, I Hope for Affordable Child Care

'Accessible' spaces needed, says mom. Part of a series on dreams beyond Oct.19.

By David P. Ball, 1 Oct 2015


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After the Election, I Hope Canada Rethinks Its Aid Overseas

Time to restore our commitment, says veteran aid worker. Part of a series on dreams beyond Oct. 19.

By David P. Ball, 5 Oct 2015


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After the Election, I Hope for a Sustainable Economy

We need to be smarter with economic opportunities, says Indigenous entrepreneur. Part of a series on dreams beyond Oct. 19.

By David P. Ball, 14 Oct 2015


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Has the pre-referendum spinning left you dizzy? We’ll help you cast an informed ballot.

By Andrew Seal