Louise Burns is a singer/songwriter/musician-type living in Vancouver, British Columbia, who has been in the biz for almost two decades (for better or worse). She performs as a solo artist and has two records, as well as playing with Gold & Youth. An occasional guest host on CBC Radio 3, as well as a blogger and creative writing student,  she spends her free time watching YouTube documentaries on Mary J. Blige.

1) Why does voting matter to you?

“Because there is nothing worse than an armchair cynic.”

2) What is one thing you’d like to see happen over the next five years – either here in YVR, or nationally?

“I’d love to take a stroll down Parliament Hill and hear: “Remember that pipeline idea we had a while ago? What the FUCK were we thinking??? Also, I know I’m not the only one who would like to see more support for the CBC. Its cultural significance is priceless. We should be supporting quality content, not quashing it.”

3) If you could say one thing to today’s youth about the importance of voting, what would you say?

“Ignorance is temporary and fixable. Too often I hear “young” people claim that they just “don’t care” about politics, or that they don’t know anything about it. If you’ve ever complained about a job, the legalization of marijuana, or reposted an article about Enbridge, well, guess what? You do care about politics! That 10 minutes you just spent on Instagram could EASILY be spent doing a bit of research, registering online to vote, and getting your ass to the voting station. No excuses, this is your FUTURE!”

4) Will you pledge to vote #InAdvance?

“Hell yeah.”