More than 700,000 elementary and high school students across the country participated in Student Vote Canada, coinciding with the 2021 federal election.
In Barrie-Innisfil, the student vote mock election had Conservative incumbent John Brassard as the winner, which mirrored the actual results, while NDP candidate Sarah Lochhead, who finished third in the real-life race, claimed the Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte (BSOM) riding. The students picked the Liberal Party to win nationally.
After learning about democracy and elections, researching the parties and platforms, and debating the future of the country, students cast their ballots for the official candidates running in their school’s electoral district.
Across the nation, 740,515 student votes were tallied from 5,478 schools, with results reported from all 338 federal electoral districts.
The student vote showed:
- The Liberal Party won 117 seats and 24 per cent of the popular vote, forming a minority government. Justin Trudeau won in his seat in the riding of Papineau, Que.
- The NDP won 107 seats and took 29 per cent of the popular vote, forming the official opposition. Jagmeet Singh won his seat in the riding of Burnaby South, B.C.
- The Conservative Party won 91 seats and 25 per cent of the popular vote. Erin O’Toole won his seat in the riding of Durham, Ont.
- The Bloc Québecois won 20 seats and took two per cent of the popular vote. Yves-François Blanchet lost his seat in the riding of Beloeil-Chambly, Que.
- The Green Party won three seats and 10 per cent of the popular vote. Annamie Paul lost her seat in the Ontario riding of Toronto Centre.