The UCP won a majority government in the Alberta 2019 Student Vote held April 15. Students above participate in Student Vote at Grande Prairie Composite High on Monday.
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The votes are in and so is the UCP, according to Alberta students.Over 160,000 elementary and high school students took part in Student Vote, a simulated election program, for the 2019 provincial election yesterday. The program announced its results across all 87 ridings: The United Conservative Party (UCP) forms a majority government with 49 seats (57,945 votes or 36 per cent of the vote). The New Democratic Party (NDP) becomes the official opposition with 35 seats (48,751 votes or 30.3 per cent of the vote). And the Alberta Party wins three seats (29,690 votes or 18.4 per cent of the vote).UCP Leader Jason Kenney and NDP Leader Rachel Notley were both re-elected; Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel lost in his riding.In both Grande Prairie ridings, students voted in the UCP. In the Grande Prairie urban district, Tracy Allard won with 1,077 votes (42.8 per cent of the vote) from the 23 schools returning results. Travis Toews won the Grande Prairie-Wapiti riding with 672 votes (52.4 per cent of the vote) where 16 schools returned results.Further north in the Peace Country, Todd Loewen was elected with the UCP in Central Peace-Notley where 19 schools participated. Loewen is the former Grande Prairie-Smoky MLA.1,229 schools from all 87 electoral divisions reported their results to Student Vote by 4 p.m. Tuesday. In total, there were 165,527 ballots cast by student participants. Student Vote is organized by CIVIX—a non-partisan, national registered charity. The mock voting program is run across Canada for different government elections. Students learn about the democratic and electoral process, research the parties, platforms and political issues, act as deputy returning officers and poll clerks and cast ballots for the official candidates in their school’s riding.Schools from Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools,Grande Prairie Public School District and Peace Wapiti Public School Division participated in Student Vote on April 15.