Student Vote Canada 2019 was a mock election that took place in schools around the country. Elementary, middle, and high school students were invited to cast their votes for the candidates running in their school district. Though the votes don’t impact the actual election, they sure do cast light on the opinions of Canadian youth when it comes to politics. Though most Canadian students voted in favour of the Liberals, B.C.'s young population did things a little differently. If it were only up to B.C. students, there would be no Liberal seats in B.C. and the NDP would be the elected government.
According to the Student Vote Canada 2019 website, over 1.1 million students took part in the student vote for the 2019 federal election. Students began with in-class education on the electoral process, doing research on the parties and platforms, and debates within the schools.
Finally, the students were invited to cast their votes drawing upon what they had learned throughout the entire process. On October 22, 2019, the day following Election Day in Canada, the students’ votes were counted and released to the public.
As it turns out, the national youth polls would turn out similarly to Canada's actual election results with a minority Liberal government. Though, if it was up to B.C. students alone, Jagmeet Singh would be calling the shots.
The Student Vote Canada 2019 results counted the Liberals in at 110 seats, NDP at 99, Conservatives at 94, Greens at 28, and Bloc Quebecois at nine. In terms of the popular vote, the Liberals won 25.11% of the vote with NDP trailing closely behind at 24.75%. As for B.C., NDP were the clear frontrunners with nearly 60% of seats.
More specifically, NDP won 24 seats, Conservatives got 10, and the Greens for eight. When we look at voting percentages, we’ve got another curveball. The NDP won at 29.54% of votes, Greens came in second at 24.5%, Conservatives counted in at third place with 20.85%, and the Liberals lost at 16.5%.
As it turns out, Jagmeet Singh and the NDP seem to resonate with B.C.'s youth. This could be because of Singh's "cool" reputation or his social media presence. Let's not forget about Singh's viral campaign video on TikTok.
cancel #elxn43, he's already won https://t.co/T6s90JV6a0— sasha (@sasha) 1571335778.0
Singh also marched alongside countless members of B.C.'s youth community in the Global Climate March on September 27, 2019.
We can't say exactly what it is that B.C. students love about the NDP or Jagmeet Singh himself, but the numbers make it pretty clear that Jagmeet would be the prime minister if it was up to B.C.'s youth. On the flip side, if this were the case, the Liberals would also have zero seats.
B.C. youth have spoken and it's Jagmeet Singh for hypothetical prime minister.