The Green Party's Anthony Edmonds would be your MP if it was up to the students who took part in StudentVote. (Healey photo)

Trudeau minority government predicted by StudentVote electors

FALL RIVER: If it was up to the 2,450 students who participated in StudentVote 2019 as part of the federal election, the Green Party’s Anthony Edmonds would be headed to Ottawa as the new MP for Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook. And Justin Trudeau and the Liberals would be forming a minority government.

Edmonds, who garnered 801 votes, finished ahead of the NDP’s Matt Stickland in the students determination for all schools that took part across the vast riding. Stickland had 593 ballots cast in his name.

Meanwhile, incumbent Liberal MP Darrell Samson was third with 550 votes, followed by Conservative Kevin Copley a distance fourth at 388 votes. The People’s Party of Canada’s Sybil Hogg was last at 117 votes.

For Fall River and Beaver Bank area schools that participated, the breakdown was as follows.

At Georges P. Vanier Junior High,Edmonds earned 148 votes; Samson had 99 votes; and Copley was listed with 48 votes.

Stickland had 29 ballots in his name, while Hogg was close behind with 26 votes.

At Holland Road School in Fletchers Lake, Stickland had 10 votes; Samson had eight; Copley had four votes; and Edmonds three.

Hogg had no votes in her name.

MP Darrell Samson and wife Faye arrive at the Waverley Legion for his victory party. (Healey photo)

At Lockview, Stickland earned 31 votes; Samson and Copley each had 17 votes apiece. Edmonds earned the votes of nine students, while Hogg had three votes.

In Enfield, HRM, Oldfield Consolidated School students elected Edmonds with nine votes, one ahead of Stickland.

Hogg was third with four votes; Copley had two; and Samson a single vote.

Of 167 voters at Waverley Memorial School, 62 chose Edmonds to be their representative, ahead of Samson who had 55 ballots cast in his name.

Copley was third with 21 votes; Stickland also had 21 votes, while Hogg finished with eight ballots cast in her name.

Overall, more than 1.1 million elementary and secondary school students participated in Student Vote Canada 2019, coinciding with the 2019 federal election.

The students end result showed they would elect a minority Justin Trudeau-led Liberal government back to Parliament Hill and leading the country.

As of 5 p.m. eastern on Oct. 21, 1,167,110 votes were reported from 7,747 schools, with results from 338 federal ridings.

Here’s a breakdown of those numbers:

– The Liberal Party took 22.3% 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% of the popular vote and 98 seats. Jagmeet Singh won his seat in Burnaby South.

– The Conservative Party took 25.0% of the popular vote and won 94 seats. Andrew Scheer won his seat in Regina—Qu’Appelle.

– The Green Party took 18.2% of the popular vote and won 28 seats. Elizabeth May won her seat in Saanich—Gulf Islands.

– The Bloc Québecois took 1.3% of the popular vote and won 9 seats. Yves-François Blanchet did not win his seat in Beloeil—Chambly.

“We’re thrilled with the turnout for Student Vote Canada 2019,” says Taylor Gunn, President and CEO of CIVIX Canada. “We are grateful for all the teachers that dedicated time and energy to cultivating the next generation of voters.”

Stéphane Perrault, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada said Elections Canada was pleased is proud to have helped make Student Vote Canada 2019 possible.

“This program is one of the ways we educate future voters and help raise active citizens,” he said in a release.

Student Vote is a program of CIVIX. CIVIX is a non-partisan registered Canadian charity dedicated to strengthening democracy through citizenship education among school-aged youth.

The complete results can be found: https://studentvote.ca/results/canada2019/