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NEWS RELEASE · 16th May 2013
Student Vote
100,000 Underage Voters Elect NDP Majority; Liberals form Official Opposition

Elementary and high school students across the province participated in Student Vote: a parallel election program coinciding with the British Columbia provincial election.

After learning about the democratic process, researching the party platforms, hosting candidate forums and debating the future of British Columbia, students cast their ballots for local candidates.

More than 100,000 votes were reported from 690 schools representing all 85 electoral divisions across the province. In preliminary results, students elected an NDP government and a Liberal opposition.

The NDP won 54 seats, forming a majority government, and captured 38.54 per cent of the popular vote. Leader Adrian Dix won his seat in Vancouver-Kingsway, receiving 59.52 per cent of the vote.

The Liberals took 20 seats and 28.08 per cent of the popular vote. Premier Christy Clark lost in Vancouver-Point Grey, receiving 28.50 per cent of the vote. Clark was defeated by NDP challenger David Eby, who received 40.42 per cent of the vote.

The Green Party won 8 seats and captured 17.26 per cent of the popular vote. Leader Jane Sterk won her seat in Victoria-Beacon Hill with 42.81 per cent of the vote.

The BC Conservatives received no seats in the Student Vote, though they took 8.59 per cent of the popular vote. Leader John Cummins was unable to win a seat in his Langley riding.

Three independent candidates won their seats including John Van Dongen (Abbotsford South), Bob Simpson (Cariboo North) and Vicki Huntington (Delta South).

Students have voted for the same governing party as the adults in 16 out of 19 elections. However, students in British Columbia selected an NDP majority government in both 2005 and 2009.

Talking about the BCTF implies
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 22nd May 2013
...a lot more than explaining to students what it is when the ask a question. The political positions of the BCTF are not suppose to be discussed and I can't imagine any teacher doing it in a classroom. If you and other students were discussing them, that is a totally different issue. If the teacher was presenting those positions or debating the merits of them, that would be different all together. It is all in what is meant by "Talking about". I think you are stretching it to make it sound like: yes, the BCTF does propagandize students in support of Bob's comment. Point is the BCTF does not teach Students and the code of ethics is clear.
Your words...
Comment by Mike Forward on 22nd May 2013
Your words, Mr. Giesbrecht, were - 'Teachers don't talk to kids about the BCTF in classes or elsewhere'. That is a blanket generalization that also happens to be completely false, as it only takes one instance of it occurring to contradict it - and I've experienced them firsthand.

And I never said the other party in this equation was not making a blanket statement either. Although it's somewhat ironic that you would label making such a statement as 'the height of foolishness'.
BTW . To suggest that 38.54 % of ...
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 20th May 2013
...100.000 students were all taught by the BCTF because of their choice in a straw poll is not a generalization is ...what? The height of foolishness maybe?
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 20th May 2013
I would imagine that if a student asked what the BCTF was, a teacher would tell them but that was it. It is unethical to proselytize students in your care. Any more would have got a reaction from parents. The generalization was Bob's. and now it is a fun thing only for you as evidenced by your first line. Nothing general about my experiences in the classroom and the people I worked with.
Blanket generalizations...
Comment by Mike Forward on 19th May 2013
Blanket generalizations are a fun thing, Mr. Giesbrecht. I was in many-a-classroom where the BCTF was discussed as I went through my days in school.

I'm not saying that's the case in this particular instance, but to say that teachers as a whole do not discuss the BCTF with their students in classes or elsewhere is both folly and false.
No Bob, the BCTF is not educating them..
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 19th May 2013
...the teachers are. Teachers don't talk to kids about the BCTF in classes or elsewhere. In my 22 years of teaching the subject never came up once. Every teacher I ever met wouldn't breach ethics in that way.

What kids have likely heard and read about in the media is how cuts in funding have effected education and because they can put 2 and 2 together and get 4, they have figured out what is missing in the schools and its programs. They are in the front line.

Their observations likely make them more informed. Like a person who accesses the medical system can see beyond the political rhetoric so a student in the education system can see beyond the same rhetoric.

That is why they offer hope.
the old saying
Comment by Bob Drake on 17th May 2013
If you're not a socialist in your twenties you have no heart, and if you're still a socialist in your forties, you have no brain. has never been truer in this case

Is it any wonder they all vote NDP with the BCTF in charge of "educating" them every day?
Hope for the future
Comment by Former Kitimatian on 17th May 2013
Hope for the future of in politics me thinks, going to be to little to late however.
Smart kids!!
Comment by trin7 on 16th May 2013
This just proves that young people should be allowed to vote!!!! Guess if you are old(er) and care more about money instead of the environment, you'd vote for the Liberals. Kids understand that the environment is much more important then money.