Categorized | News

F.P. Walshe school joins Student Vote Canada

kathryn orr
F.P. Walshe school student Kathryn Orr votes Monday during the Student Vote Canada event. Two hundred 88 F.P. Walshe students voted.

More than 700,000 students across the country — including those at F.P. Walshe school in Fort Macleod — participated in Student Vote Canada, coinciding with Monday’s federal election.

F.P. Walshe students cast their ballots for the official candidates running in the Foothills riding in voting held in the main foyer.

The Fort Macleod students cast 113 votes in favour of Conservative John Barlow, the incumbent candidate in Foothills.

New Democrat Michelle Traxel placed second with 59 votes, followed by the People’s Party of Canada’s Daniel Hunter with 46; Liveral Paula Shimp with 24; the Green Party’s Brett Rogers with 15; and the Maverick Party’s Josh Wylie with nine.

F.P> Walshe school students cast a total of 288 ballots, with 12 rejected and 10 spoiled.

Across Canada, 740,515 student votes were reported from 5,478 schools, with results reported from all 338 federal electoral districts.

F.P. Walshe school student Joe Boot casts his ballot Monday during Student Vote Canada.

The Liberal Party won 117 seats and 24 per cent of the popular vote, forming a minority government. Justin Trudeau won the student vote in the riding of Papineau, Que.

The NDP won 107 seats and took 29 per cent of the popular vote, forming the official opposition. Jagmeet Singh won his seat in Burnaby South, B.C.

The Conservative Party won 91 seats and 25 per cent of the popular vote. Erin O’Toole won his seat in Durham, Ont.

The Bloc Québecois won 20 seats and took two per cent of the popular vote. Yves-Francois Blanchet lost his seat in the riding of Beloeil—Chambly, Que.

The Green Party won three seats and 10 per cent of the popular vote. Annamie Paul lost her seat in Toronto Centre.

“When we started the campaign, we were unsure how many schools would participate given the limited time,” said Taylor Gunn, president and CEO of CIVIX Canada. “Teachers have exceeded our expectations. We would like to thank teachers for dedicating time to the program and for helping educate future voters. Our democracy will be stronger because of you,”

Student Vote is a program of CIVIX, a non-partisan registered charity dedicated to building the skills and habits of active and informed citizenship among school-aged youth.

Student Vote Canada is presented in collaboration with Elections Canada, an independent, non-partisan agency that reports directly to Parliament.

Comments are closed.