Niagara students oust NDP, return 3 Tories
Saint Paul High School held a student mock vote on Oct. 15, for the federal election. Hundreds of students took part in the mock vote including Megan Bilodeau who cast her ballot. The purpose of the vote was to engage students in the democratic process.
If it were up to students, the only change on Niagara’s political landscape as a result of the federal election would be a Liberal revival in central Niagara — ending the NDP’s two-term reign.
Secondary and elementary students who marked ballots for Student Vote Canada in the Niagara Centre riding put Liberal Vance Badawey as the winner over New Democrat incumbent Malcolm Allen.
Elsewhere, in Niagara, students returned three sitting Conservative MPs: Rob Nicholson in Niagara Falls, Rick Dykstra in St. Catharines and Dean Allison in Niagara West.
About 850,000 underaged voters who participated in CIVIX Canada’s program elected a Liberal majority government. About 6,000 elementary and secondary schools across the country participated.
Although the The Liberals took 37.5% of the popular vote and won 223 seats in Student Vote Canada, party Leader Justin. Trudeau was defeated in his riding of Papineau.
The Conservatives, led by Stephen Harper, would form the official opposition with 26.0% of the popular vote and 69 seats, as a result of the student campaign. Harper won his seat in Calgary Heritage.
The NDP won 40 seats, the Greens four and Bloc Québécois one.
“It is astounding that more than 850,000 young Canadians took part in this year’s Student Vote from nearly every riding in the country,” Taylor Gunn, president and CEO of CIVIX Canada, said in a news release. “We have nearly doubled the number of schools that took part in the last federal election. These numbers are a reflection of the incredible effort put forth by Canadian educators to ensure that, by using Student Vote in their classrooms, they are building their students into citizens.”