Mock vote accurate
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.