B.C. Students Elect NDP Government
Prince George, B.C. – If over 170,000 elementary and high school students in B.C. had their way – B.C. would be governed by a majority NDP government.
In a mock vote organized by the Student Vote program (run by non-profit group CIVIX), students aged 8-17 elected John Horgan and the NDP to form government with 60 out of 87 seats (39 per cent of the vote).
Andrew Weaver’s BC Green Party were elected official opposition with 14 seats and 28.5 per cent of the vote while Christy Clark’s BC Liberals finished last with 12 seats and 25.4 per cent of the vote.
Students also elected independent candidate Nicholas Wong in South Delta.
There were many close races, with 17 electoral districts decided by 25 votes or less, and eight races decided by 15 votes or less. Twenty-nine schools from Prince George participated.
This is the fourth provincial level Student Vote project in B.C. The goal is to engage students in the electoral process – teach them the inner workings of how politics works and provide them with the chance to vote.