Wednesday, 6 May 2015

MidSun Votes

On May 4th our students at Midsun had the opportunity to vote in a mock election, put on by the Civix project called “Student Vote Alberta”. Previous to Monday the students spent time in class engaging in conversations about politics in Alberta, and the various platforms of the political parties. Some classes watched and critiqued the political debate that aired on Global TV, and other classes watched videos released by “Student Vote” where they asked the party leaders questions.
Many students relayed that they had engaging and interesting conversations with their parents, family, and friends regarding the election. That is precisely the point in this project. It allows students to have these important conversations. Some students will be eligible to vote within the next few years, and a project like this familiarizes them with not only the process of voting, but also of doing research into which party has the platform that they believe in the most in.

You’re probably wondering about the results, right? The results were aired on the news on election night, and some of you may have seen them. If not, this is how Midsun students voted:

550 students voted
Alberta Party: 44
Liberal Party: 50
NDP: 172
Progressive Conservatives: 117
Wildrose: 206

The experience was very informational. We would like to thank Civix and “Alberta Student Vote” for providing us with the materials for this activity.
Civix provided us with data gathered from schools across the province.  Over 87,000 students voted in 792 students reported results, representing all 87 divisions.
The Results of the "Alberta Student Vote" was that the NDP won a majority government with 56 seats and the Wildrose Party formed the official opposition with 23 seats. The Progressive Conservatives won 6 seats and the Liberals and Alberta Party each took 1 seat.
Mrs. Otten

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