Mock vote ac­cu­rate

The Glengarry News - - News -

Stu­dents’ pref­er­ences re­flected those of area vot­ers in the Stu­dent Vote, yet it was a dif­fer­ent story on a pro­vin­cial level.

Lo­cal Tories got the bulk of the bal­lots in mock elec­tions held in 29 area schools in con­junc­tion with the June 7 pro­vin­cial elec­tion. But while Doug Ford’s Con­ser­va­tives won a huge ma­jor­ity, in the fic­tional vote, the New Democrats pre­vailed.

In the Stu­dent Vote pro­gram, New Glen­garry-Prescott-Rus­sell MPP Amanda Si­mard got 305 votes, com­pared to 257 for New Demo­crat Bonnie Jean-Louis and 226 for Lib­eral Pierre Ler­oux.

At the same time, in the school race, Stor­mont-Dun­das-South Glen­garry MPP Jim McDonell edged out NDP hope­ful Marc Benoit by a mar­gin of 278 to 223.

Across the prov­ince, more than 280,000 ele­men­tary and high school stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the Stu­dent Vote pro­gram for the 2018 On­tario pro­vin­cial elec­tion.

Af­ter learn­ing about the elec­toral process, re­search­ing the is­sues and plat­forms, and de­bat­ing the fu­ture of On­tario, stu­dents cast bal­lots for the of­fi­cial can­di­dates run­ning in their lo­cal elec­toral district. In to­tal, 280,691 bal­lots were cast by stu­dent par­tic­i­pants. “What makes this even more in­cred­i­ble is the tim­ing. This is the busiest time of year for schools with cul­mi­nat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, EQAO test­ing and ex­ams, and more than 6,000 teach­ers have made Stu­dent Vote a pri­or­ity,” said Tay­lor Gunn, Pres­i­dent and CEO of CIVIX.

Stu­dents elected An­drea Hor­wath and the On­tario NDP to form a ma­jor­ity govern­ment with 66 out of 124 seats and 32 per cent of the vote.

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