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Brandon-Souris federal election candidates will be put to the test later this month.
École secondaire Neelin High School students will run an all-candidates forum and grill the candidates.
"They will ask the questions and it will be moderated by students as well," said Kerri Malazdrewicz, who teaches history, world issues and social studies at the school.
The forum will be hosted at the school on Oct. 13, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Grade 11 Canadian history students have researched party leaders, local candidates, their parties, platforms and ideas.
Students have also researched the history of voting in Canada, historically disenfranchised populations and brainstormed about youth voting.
All four Brandon-Souris candidates — Larry Maguire (Conservative), David Neufeld (Green), Melissa Wastasecoot (NDP) and Jodi Wyman (Liberal) — have been confirmed to take part.
Classes will also take part in the Student Vote and run their own student election on Oct. 16. Those results will be added to voting information from other schools across the country.
Student Vote is a parallel election for students under the voting age. It gives them a chance to learn about voting and inform themselves on issues.
The pupils act as deputy returning officers and poll clerks, and cast ballots for official election candidates. The results are collected nationally to be shared with the media.
"It will be pretty interesting after the election to see where all the numbers lie, and if the youth vote would have made an impact if they had a voice, if our voting age was younger," Malazdrewicz said.
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