Christine Batke casts her vote during the Student Vote election at Revelstoke Secondary School on Monday.

Christine Batke casts her vote during the Student Vote election at Revelstoke Secondary School on Monday.

NDP wins a majority from British Columbia’s students

NDP wins a majority in BC Student Vote; Norm Macdonald wins easy victory from students in Columbia River-Revelstoke.

If students could vote, the BC New Democratic Party would be much happier today.

Norm Macdonald was the overwhelming choice of students in Revelstoke and across Columbia River-Revelstoke and the NDP won a decisive majority in the BC Student Vote mock election conducted alongside the provincial vote.

Macdonald, who won the general election, was the choice of 66 out of 82 students who cast a vote at Revelstoke Secondary School. Liberal Doug Clovechok and Conservative Earl Olsen both had seven votes and Green candidate Laurel Ralston received two votes.

At Arrow Heights Elementary, Macdonald received 32 votes, Ralston 16, Clovechok 12 and Olsen 3.

At Begbie View Elementary, Macdonald received 23 votes, Ralston 16, Olsen 3, and Clovechok 2.

Columbia Park Elementary did not take part in the campaign, which is designed to get youth interested in politics and engage them in provincial issues.

Riding-wide, Macdonald received 392 votes for 50.7 per cent of ballots cast. Ralston had 21 per cent, Clovechok 15.4 per cent and Olsen 12.9 per cent.

Provincially, students voted in an NDP majority, electing them in 54 ridings. The Liberal Party won 20 seats, the Green Party eight seats and three seats went to independents. Like in the general election, the Conservatives were shut out.