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Student vote largely reflects national results – but local students chose different colour

November 1, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Brock Weir

Last Monday, Simcoe-Grey voters elected Conservative Terry Dowdall to the House of Commons, taking over the riding last held by Kellie Leitch. Local students, however, delivered a significantly different result in their own in-house elections.

More than 1.1 million elementary and secondary students from across the country participated in Student Vote Canada 2019, an initiative of CIVIX, a non-partisan registered charity dedicated to “strengthening democracy through citizenship education among school-aged youth.”

With 1,181,053 participants representing 7,855 schools from 338 Federal ridings, students “elected” a Liberal minority government, taking 110 seats in this mock vote. Bucking the results of the actual Federal election, however, which elected a Conservative opposition with 122 members to the Liberals’ 157, students elected an NDP opposition with 99 seats. The Conservatives weren’t far behind with students allocating them 94 seats, while the Green Party took 28 seats, and the Bloc Quebecois nine seats.

Local students participating in the project voted Simcoe-Grey Green Party candidate Sherri Jackson to the riding’s top job. She received 1,418 votes – or 29.12 per cent of the vote – over second place finisher Terry Dowdall, who received 1,344 votes, or 27.6 per cent.

Rounding out the ballot were NDP candidate Ilona Matthews with 953 votes (19.57 per cent), Liberal Lorne Kenney with 752 votes (15.44 per cent), People’s Party candidate Richard Sommer with 235 votes (4.83 per cent), and Tony D’Angelo with the Veterans Coalition Party with 167 votes (3.43 per cent).

Nearly 40 schools – elementary, secondary, public, Catholic and independent – took part in the project, with eight participating schools right here in New Tecumseth.

Here’s a breakdown of how the votes shook down by school, presented in alphabetical order.

Dowdall took the vote at Alliston Community Christian School with 25 votes to Sommer’s 23. Next was Jackson with five, Matthews with three, and Kenney with two.

Alliston Union Public School went with Ms. Jackson with 128 votes to Dowdall’s 73. Matthews was next with 68, Kenney with 51, D’Angelo with 12, and Sommer with 6.

Students at Banting Memorial High School went with Dowdall, who received 353 votes to Jackson’s 299. Kenney took third place with 179 followed by Matthews with 161, Sommer with 59, and D’Angelo with 35.

Jackson and Matthews tied the vote at Boyne River Public School, where they each received 73 votes. Next was Kennedy with 49, Dowdall with 41, Simmer with 8, and D’Angelo with 7.

Dowdall delivered the win at Holy Family Catholic Elementary School with 57 votes. Next was Jackson with 45, Matthews with 35, Kenney with 22, Sommer with 11, and D’Angelo with 5.

Monsignor J.E. Ronan Catholic Elementary School went orange, giving 82 votes to Matthews. Dowdall came in second place with 66, Jackson with 21, and Kenney with 18.

It was a Green win at Tecumseth Beeton Elementary School where Jackson picked up 53 votes to Dowdall’s 25. Sommer was third with 24, followed by Kenney with 19, Matthews with 15, and D’Angelo 3.

Tecumseth South Central Public School went with Dowdall in a tight three-way race. He received 14 votes to Matthews’ 13 and Jackson’s 12. Kenney was fourth with 6, followed by Sommer and D’Angelo with a vote apiece.

It was another right race at Tottenham Public School where Jackson took 18 votes to Matthews’ 15. Kenney was third with 14.

“We are thrilled with the turnout for Student Vote Canada 2019,” said Taylor Gunn, President and CEO of CIVIX Canada, in a statement. “We are grateful for all the teachers that dedicated time and energy to cultivating the next generation of voters.”



         


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