Cape Breton’s political landscape would look slightly different if kids were the ones who chose our two representatives in the House of Commons.
During the leadup to Monday night’s federal vote, more than one million students at 7,747 elementary, middle and high schools across Canada cast ballots as part of Student Vote, a parallel election staged by citizenship education charity Civx Canada.
Like they did in the 2011 and 2015, the mock election results mirrored the actual election, with the students electing a minority Liberal government under Justin Trudeau this time around.
STUDENT VOTE SNAPSHOT
- The Liberal Party took 22.3 per cent of the popular vote and won 109 seats, forming a minority government. Justin Trudeau won in his riding of Papineau
- The NDP will form the official opposition with 24.8 per cent of the popular vote and 98 seats. Jagmeet Singh won his seat in Burnaby South
- The Conservative Party took 25 per cent of the popular vote and won 94 seats. Andrew Scheer won his seat in Regina–Qu’Appelle
- The Green Party took 18.2 per cent of the popular vote and won 28 seats. Elizabeth May won her seat in Saanich–Gulf Islands
- The Bloc Québecois took 1.3 per cent of the popular vote and won nine seats. Yves-François Blanchet did not win his seat in Beloeil–Chambly
- In Nova Scotia, 38,461 participating students elected five Liberal, four Green Party and two NDP candidates
Here in Cape Breton, the results were also somewhat similar in both elections, but with a few notable differences.
In the Sydney-Victoria riding, the Liberal candidate won the seat in two close contests, but the second-place finishers were different. Whereas in real life, Conservative Eddie Orrell was the nearest competitor, the 3,320 students who voted at 24 schools preferred Jodi McDavid of the NDP, giving her 688 votes, just three less than Liberal Jaime Battiste.
Cape Breton-Canso was wildly different.
While Mike Kelloway of the Liberal Party finished ahead of Conservative Alfie MacLeod in the actual election, 3,032 students who voted at 27 schools chose Laurie Suitor of the NDP as their new member of Parliament. Kelloway was the fourth-most-popular choice, with MacLeod once again the runnerup, and Green Party candidate Clive Doucet coming in third.
Although Trudeau was re-elected prime minister in both elections, Jagmeet Singh’s NDP would form the official opposition instead of Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives if it was up to students.
Student Vote Results
- Laurie Suitor (NDP) — 670 (22.10 per cent)
- Alfie MacLeod (Conservative) — 648 (21.37 per cent)
- Clive Doucet (Green Party) — 647 (21.34 per cent)
- Mike Kelloway (Liberal) — 567 (18.70 per cent)
- Billy Joyce (People's Party of Canada) — 286 (9.43 per cent)
- Michelle Dockrill (Independent) — 124 (4.09 per cent)
- Darlene Lynn LeBlanc (National Citizens Alliance) — 90 (2.97 per cent)
- Mike Kelloway (Liberal) — 16,097 (38.5 per cent)
- Alfie MacLeod (Conservative) — 14,478 (34.6 per cent)
- Laurie Suitor (NDP) — 6,258 (15 per cent)
- Clive Doucet (Green Party) — 3,246 (7.8 per cent)
- Billy Joyce (People's Party of Canada) — 968 (2.3 per cent)
- Michelle Dockrill (Independent) — 671 (1.6 per cent)
- Darlene Lynn LeBlanc (National Citizens Alliance) — 139 (0.3 per cent)
Student Vote Results
- Jaime Battiste (Liberal) — 691 (20.81 per cent)
- Jodi McDavid (NDP) — 688 (20.72 per cent)
- Eddie Orrell (Conservative) — 570 (17.17 per cent)
- Archie MacKinnon (Independent) — 543 (16.36 per cent)
- Lois Foster (Green Party) — 452 (13.61 per cent)
- Randy Joy (Veterans Coalition Party) — 212 (6.39 per cent)
- Kenzie MacNeil (Independent) — 164 (4.94 per cent)
- Jaime Battiste (Liberal) — 12,536 (30.9 per cent)
- Eddie Orrell (Conservative) — 11,228 (27.7 per cent)
- Jodi McDavid (NDP) — 8,150 (20.1 per cent)
- Archie MacKinnon (Independent) — 5,679 (14 per cent)
- Lois Foster (Green) — 2,249 (5.5 per cent)
- Kenzie MacNeil (Independent) — 480 (1.2 per cent)
- Randy Joy (Veterans Coalition Party of Canada) — 254 (0.6 per cent)