Yukon students cast mock ballots for Monday's vote

Some students at F.H. Collins high school in Whitehorse who had the chance to cast a mock ballot last week think lowering the voting age in Canada would be a good idea.

Student council co-president says 16 would be a 'good age' to start voting

With official-looking ballots and ballot boxes, the students made their mock vote as real as it could be. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

Some students at F.H. Collins high school in Whitehorse who had the chance to cast a mock ballot last week think lowering the voting age in Canada would be a good idea. 

Isak Parker, co-president of the F.H. Collins student council, says he's been following the federal election, even though, at 15, he's too young to vote. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

"I think maybe 16 would be a good age," said Isak Parker, 15, co-president of student council. Parker said he's been following the federal election, even though he can't vote. He said students his age care about issues affecting university and college tuition.

He and his peers did have a chance to mark a ballot last week, although it won't count towards the federal election.

F.H. Collins participated in a national program called Student Vote that prepares underage students across the country to exercise their vote once they become eligible at age 18. In the last federal election, thousands of Canadians between the ages of 18 and 24 didn't make it to the polls. 

'Our voice can be kind of forgotten'

Whitehorse students got to choose from the same federal candidates that eligible Yukoners will see on their ballots on Monday. 

'A lot of the time because we're not old enough to vote our voice can be kind of forgotten,' says Joe Parker, co-president of student council at F.H. Collins high school. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

"I think it's great for the youth to have a voice so the rest of the country knows what we want," said Joe Parker, also co-president of the student union.

But he still finds it frustrating to be excused from the national vote. 

"A lot of the time because we're not old enough to vote our voice can be kind of forgotten."

Yukon students got to choose from Conservative incumbent Ryan Leef, NDP candidate Melissa Atkinson, Liberal candidate Larry Bagnell and Green Party candidate Frank de Jong. 

Their vote winner will be announced in the school on Oct. 19, alongside the real federal elections results. 

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story stated that F.H. Collins isn't part of the national Student Votes program, when in fact, it is.
    Oct 18, 2015 11:36 AM CT

With Files from Julie Ireton

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