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If 21,159 primary school students in Manitoba were deciding, Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservatives would form Manitoba’s 41st government.
The winds of change weren’t felt in the Wheat City, however. Brandon students in 11 participating schools voted to return both local incumbents to office.
In Brandon West, Reg Helwer won easily, taking 49.67 per cent of the total vote. Interestingly, Liberal candidate Billy Moore, who hails from Portage la Prairie and was absent from the race after making controversial comments about closing hospitals, topped Brandon School Division trustee and NDP candidate Linda Ross for second place.
Participating schools in the constituency were Alexander, Riverheights, Vincent Massey High School and École secondaire Neelin High School.
Students also sent NDP candidate Drew Caldwell to Winnipeg for the fifth time. Caldwell received 41.16 per cent of the total vote from schools in Brandon East.
Tory Len Isleifson and Liberal Vanessa Hamilton finished in a dead tie for second, with 163 votes apiece. Students from Betty Gibson, Crocus Plains high school, George Fitton, École Harrison, King George, Riverview and École secondaire Neelin High Schools cast ballots.
Provincially, the Liberal party won 11 seats and the final two seats went to the Green party.
Pallister was the only party leader returned to the legislature by the students. Greg Selinger, Rana Bokhari and James Bedome were all defeated in their home constituencies.
There were 801 rejected votes and 258 declined ballots across Manitoba.
The results of Monday’s mock vote were held on embargo until after the actual polls closed at 8 p.m.
Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a non-partisan national charity trying to boost citizenship skills among young Canadians.
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