TORONTO, June 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Nearly 170,000 students under the voting age cast ballots in Student Vote 2014.
After learning about the democratic process, researching the candidates and party platforms, and debating the future of Ontario, students cast their ballots for official candidates running in their electoral district.
By the end of the school day, 167,416 votes were reported from 1,261 schools representing all 107 electoral districts in the province.
The Liberals won a majority government with 62 seats, increasing their seat count from 39 in 2011 and increasing their share of the popular vote to 32.4 per cent. Party leader Kathleen Wynne won in her electoral district and is elected Premier by the students of Ontario.
The NDP won 33 seats, losing 7 seats since the last Student Vote. Party leader Andrea Horwath keeps her seat in Hamilton Centre. The party received the same share of the popular vote as in 2011: 26 per cent.
The Progressive Conservatives took 11 seats, remarkably down from 25 in 2011. Their share of the popular vote decreased to 18.4 per cent and leader Tim Hudak lost in his own electoral district.
The Green Party won 1 seat with 14.6 per cent of the popular vote, while leader Mike Schreiner lost in his own electoral district. The party won 2 seats in the last Student Vote.
Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX. CIVIX is a national registered charity building the capacity and commitment of young Canadians to participate in their democracy.
Elections Ontario has engaged CIVIX to deliver the Student Vote program in conjunction with the 41st general election.
+ Only two leaders of the major political parties won their seats: Kathleen Wynne in Don Valley West and Andrea Horwath in Hamilton Centre. In Niagara West – Glanbrook, PC leader Tim Hudak finished in third place behind the Liberal and NDP candidates. Green Party leader Mike Schreiner finished second in Guelph.
+ 8 per cent of the popular vote went to parties who did not win seats. The relatively unknown Libertarian Party won 3.3 per cent of votes cast.
+ Markham-Unionville had the most students reporting results with 4,251 votes cast.
+ Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke and Brant each had 22 schools report results - more than any other electoral district. Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke also had the most schools report results in the 2011 Student Vote.
+ Preliminary results from Whitby-Oshawa, Chatham-Kent-Essex and York West show very close races. Candidates have been declared with less than 15 votes separating winners. Late-reporting schools could change those results. In Whitby-Oshawa, the top three candidates are separated by just 31 votes.
VIEW COMPLETE RESULTS HERE: http://www.studentvote.ca/on/results
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