NDP scores top marks from students in local mock federal election votes

Ontario schools across Waterloo region, Guelph and Wellington County took part in Student Vote, which sees mock elections held to teach students about the federal election.

New Democrats chosen to win in Cambridge, Guelph and Kitchener South-Hespeler

With the help of Elections Canada, Student Vote Canada organizes mock ballots in schools to recreate how a federal election takes place. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

If it were up to students taking part in mock federal elections, the NDP would have fared far better locally than the party did in the official election.

Students taking part in the CIVIX vote at their schools gave wins to the New Democrats in three ridings: Cambridge, Guelph and Kitchener South-Hespeler. 

Three incumbents would have won their ridings: Liberal Bardish Chagger in Waterloo, Conservative Michael Chong in Wellington-Halton Hills and Conservative John Nater in Perth-Wellington, which was all in-line with what voters did in Monday's election.

Students also would have given Green candidate Mike Morrice the win in Kitchener Centre, which he won in the general election.

Unjal Pradhan is a Grade 12 student at Bishop MacDonell Catholic High School in Guelph and helped set up the Student Vote event at her school.

She said student volunteers knew they didn't have much time and met on the second day back to school to get planning in motion.

WATCH | Grade 12 student Unjal Pradhan talk about Student Vote:

Guelph student Unjal Pradhan on getting classmates interested in election

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Unjal Pradhan, a Grade 12 student at Bishop MacDonell in Guelph, helped organize the Student Vote at her high school, which included an all-candidates debate that was streamed to classrooms in her school and other high schools in the city.

CIVIX is a national charity that aims to get young people engaged in their community and politics.

Federally in the student vote, the NDP would have 107 seats, just behind the Liberals' 117.

Overall, there were 740,515 votes were reported from 5,478 schools across Canada.


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