DORVAL – Canada has spoken – and so have the students at Dorval Elementary.
Last Wednesday, the 86 kids at the Grade 5 and 6 level took part in a national campaign sanctioned by Elections Canada to learn about the country’s democratic tradition.
The voting station was in the school’s library where official ballot boxes, voting booths and ballot sheets were provided by Elections Canada.
The school children had to line up with I.D. cards and have their names crossed off a list of registered voters just like adults are required to do at real voting stations.
Principal Erik Olsthoorn shared the school’s election results – and they weren’t too far off from what happened across the country.
“Our students voted in the Liberals with a majority – 52 votes,” Olsthoorn wrote to Global News in an e-mail.
In second place came the Conservatives with 11 votes.
The NDP came in third place with nine votes.
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“Is that not an interesting outcome?” he wrote.
This was the first time Dorval Elementary has simulated a federal election, along 13 other schools in the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
It was led by Grade 5 teacher Hélène Bourget.