Students voted for Nathan

  • May. 9, 2011 5:00 p.m.

MP Nathan Cullen was the top choice not only of adult voters across this riding in the May 2 federal election, but also of elementary and secondary students participating in a student vote project. “Student Vote” allows pupils in participating schools across Canada to cast ballots for the candidates in their local ridings, and tallies the results. This year, more than 500,000 students took part, including 167 on the islands. Students at Queen Charlotte Secondary, Agnes L. Mathers and Tahayghen elementary voted 53 percent for Mr. Cullen, almost the same as 55 percent he got from voters across the riding. However, the rest of the student votes were divided quite differently from the actual election results. The Green Party captured second place among the students on the islands, with 17 percent of the vote. Third place went to the Christian Heritage Party with 10 percent (this party was particularly popular at Tahayghen), fourth place to the Liberals with 8 percent, fifth place to the Canadian Action Party with 7 percent, and last place to the Conservatives with 5 percent. Among adult voters, by contrast, the Conservatives came in second place. The student results from across Canada would have resulted in a Conservative minority government and an NDP opposition, with 130 Conservative seats, 113 NDP, 47 Liberal, 6 Bloc Quebecois and 5 Green.

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