Delta students would’ve voted NDP

If it was up to Delta students this riding would have a New Democrat member of Parliament.

The results of the national Student Vote program, which saw over 7,400 Delta high school and elementary students cast ballots, saw local students put Randy Anderson-Fennell on top in the federal election.

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He finished with 1,973 votes overall, which works out to close to around 26.5 per cent of the vote.

Liberal Carla Qualtrough, the second place finisher, had just over 23.5 per cent of the student vote. Green candidate Craig DeCraene finished third (almost 19.3 per cent), followed by the Conservatives’ Tanya Corbet (almost 18.7 per cent), the People’s Party of Canada’s Angelina Ireland (4.2 per cent) and independents Amarit Bains (four per cent) and Tony Bennett (3.8 per cent).

“I saw how Jagmeet Singh reached the youth, and our platform was one that lifted people up. It gave hope to students needing financial help with post-secondary education. It made home ownership possible for people who thought they could never own a home. It offered hope in so many areas where there previously was none. That's why I ran. It was about hope,” said Anderson-Fennell after learning the local Student Vote result.

As far as the overall young people’s vote in Canada, the Liberals took 22.3 per cent of the popular vote and won 109 seats, forming a minority government.

The NDP formed the official opposition with 24.8 per cent of the vote and 98 seats. The Conservative Party took 25 per cent of the popular vote with 94 seats.

The Green Party took 18.2 per cent of the popular vote and with 28 seats, while the Bloc Québecois took 1.3 per cent of the vote and nine seats.

All the party leaders won their seats.

As far as individual school counts, the results varied across Delta with Anderson-Fennell edging out Qualtrough at Delta Secondary and DeCraene finished in third place. At South Delta Secondary, DeCraene won with Qualtrough in second followed by Anderson-Fennell. 

Anderson-Fennell came out on top by a wide margin at North Delta Secondary but it was a different story at the Southpointe Academy, a private school, where Corbet had the most votes.

The results also varied among the elementary schools with DeCraene, for example, winning by a landslide at Ladner Elementary, while Qualtrough topped the poll at English Bluff Elementary and Anderson-Fennell won the Holly Elementary poll. 

Student Votes saw students across the country learning about the election process and then casting their ballots last week a few days prior to the real thing. The results were announced Monday evening.

Student volunteers took on the roles of deputy returning officer, poll clerks and others, in an attempt to recreate as authentic an experience of voting as possible.  Students even had to bring their identification to simulate actual voting at a polling station.

More than 1.1 million elementary and secondary school students participated this year with results reported from 7,747 schools in the 338 federal ridings.

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