I’m not. Countries that don’t have publicly funded healthcare systems throw up a gigantic hurdle in front of people wanting to “go pro” as a writer (or any kind of entrepreneur), simply because they’re transitioning from a job where they have health insurance provided by their employer and one where they don’t. That problem ends up even more crippling if you happen to deal with chronic pain or some kind of long-term disability.
Given that Vancouver’s housing market actually looks like it’s starting to cool off, there’s good news on that front. It bears repeating that I live in a pretty expensive part of the country, and the market value of my apartment (it’s rent stabilised, so I have that going for me too) is above average even for apartments in my area. If I were living in someplace cheaper (like say, Windsor, Ontario, just across the water from Detroit), I’d be able to live pretty comfortably by myself even if I were renting a two-bedroom apartment (for some reason).
Given that minimum wage is a provincial prerogative, who is for or against minimum wage increases depends less on the party label and more on their actual policies. Ontario’s recent minimum wage increase was one of the last actions of its outgoing Provincial Liberals, whereas BC’s Provincial Liberals (who governed like Conservatives in a lot of ways) stubbornly kept minimum wage low until they were booted out by the NDP.