Chilliwack students chose Strahl as MP

Voting results differ at local public and private schools in nationwide mock election

Students at Chilliwack middle school took the chance to vote in a mock election this week

Students at Chilliwack middle school took the chance to vote in a mock election this week

The student vote in Chilliwack echoed the results of the federal election, with Mark Strahl as the winner.

Thirty local public and private schools gave their students the option to vote last week at mock polling stations using real Elections Canada materials.

Overall, the Conservative candidate earned 1,229 student votes, equal to a 34.72 per cent win. Liberal candidate Louis De Jaeger came a close second, with 1,124 votes, or 31.75 per cent. The Greens eeked out a little ahead of the NDP, with 461 and 458 votes respectively. The Libertarians earned 198 votes, and the Marxist-Leninists earned 70.

Those results vary greatly when looking at individual school results.

Chilliwack secondary had the largest turnout, with 502 youth casting a ballot. CSS elected De Jaeger with a 34.66 per cent victory.

Mount Slesse middle had strong voter turnout, with more than 400 ballots cast. They also voted for the Liberal candidate, with a 44 per cent win.

Chilliwack middle school students, whose mock elections were featured in a recent Progress story, elected De Jaeger with 47 per cent.

At the private schools, Strahl earned stronger support.

Highroad Academy chose Strahl with 65 per cent. John Calvin school voted him in with a 91 per cent win, and Mt. Cheam Christian students gave him overwhelming support with 93.5 per cent of the ballots.

Nationally, the Liberals were the clear student choice, among 850,000 votes at 6,000 schools.

To see more school results, visit the Student Vote website.