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Four undecideds: Snapshots from our B.C. election panel

Party affiliations no longer hold the key to getting elected, so the campaign itself, and how it plays to undecided voters, matters more

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Chris Siver, 43, Victoria. A lawyer specializing in employment law, Chris Siver identifies as a federal Liberal, which he says means that provincially, “I have never had a comfortable political home.” Adding to his discomfort: “The fringes of both parties are worrisome to me.” He says he joined the panel as a way to help him make his choice come voting day.

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Chrystal Ocean, retired, 62, Duncan. Although Chrystal Ocean says she has voted in every federal, provincial and municipal election she has been eligible for, in recent years she has seriously considered spoiling her ballot or not voting at all: “It breaks my heart, but the extent of partisanship, gamesmanship and lack of discussion around ideas and policy are increasingly putting me off.”

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Adrian Mohareb, 36, Vancouver. This is the first B.C. election for Adrian Mohareb, who is from Napanee, Ont. As an engineer focused on energy efficiency, Mr. Mohareb is particularly interested in how the government will encourage innovation in clean energy and address climate change. And the candidates in his riding are important to him: “I still believe we should vote for representatives as much as parties.”

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Jayne Craig, education administrator, 48, North Vancouver. Jayne Craig worked in the entertainment industry (fashion model, visual effects co-ordinator, talent agent) before moving into education. Although she describes herself as liberal, she says she has no idea how she will vote this time: “I joined this group to force myself to get more knowledgeable about the upcoming election.”

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