Grade six students Matteo Asta (left) and Molly Campbell (right) at St. Angela Catholic Elementary School take part in Ontario's Student Vote, June 11, 2014. (photo by Mike Vlasveld)

Kids Would Have Elected An NDP Government

If it were up to the kids, Ontario’s new premier would be Andrea Horwath of the New Democrats.

Students at 2,166 schools across the province held their own election earlier this week. The results were released by CIVIX Canada, which conducted Ontario Student Vote, once the polls closed Thursday night.

If it were up to students between Grade 5 and 12, the NDP would have won 66 seats. The Progressive Conservatives would be in opposition with 45 seats, and the Liberals would keep official party status with 11 seats. The Green Party would have two seats.

With a few variations, the results locally are similar to how adults voted. The NDP’s Taras Natyshak won in the riding of Essex, while Percy Hatfield took Windsor-Tecumseh, and Lisa Gretzky, also of the NDP, won in Windsor-West.

Where PC Rick Nicholls will return to Queen’s Park, the students chose Jordan McGrail of the NDP in Chatham-Kent-Leamington. Monte McNaughton was the favoured candidate in both elections in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.

In the London area, the students picked the NDP’s Terence Devin-Kernaghan in London North Centre, Peggy Sattler in London West, Teresa Armstrong in London Fanshawe, and Tory Jeff Yurek in Elgin-Middlesex-London.

Schools in all 124 ridings across Ontario took part in the mock election, and 280,691 ballots were cast.