VALLEY – If it were up to the students at Redcliff Middle School, the results of one local riding wouldn’t have changed in Tuesday’s provincial election.
© Raissa Tetanish - Truro Daily News
Isabelle Harrington casts her vote during a mock election at Redcliff Middle School on Tuesday. The students voted for the Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River riding and the results almost mirrored those of the actual provincial election.
Students from grades five to seven cast their votes Tuesday for the three candidates for the Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River riding – NDP Lenore Zann, Liberal Barry Mellish and Progressive Conservative Charles Cox.
Much like the provincial election results, they re-elected Zann to represent the area.
“I was shocked when I read the results on the announcements (Wednesday) morning,” said principal Al Kennedy. “The kids were surprised their results were so close with the real election, but they were really surprised to hear Darrell Dexter had been voted out. They didn’t think it would happen.”
In Tuesday’s provincial election, 8,317 voters out of 15,424 of those eligible to vote cast their ballot, or 54 per cent. At Redcliff, 258 of 500 students, or 52 per cent, voted.
Ninety-nine students, or 38 per cent, voted for Zann; 85, or 32 per cent, voted for Mellish; while 74, or 26 per cent, voted for Cox.
Those voting in the riding voted 3,165, or 38 per cent, in favour of Zann; 2,682 (32 per cent) in favour of Mellish; and 2,470 (30 per cent) in favour of Cox.
“All in all, I think it was a very positive experience for the students. It brought the surroundings of the election to light, as well as the importance to vote, and making sure you have the right candidate,” said Kennedy.
“The students feel they have the right candidate, and the (constituents) feel the same way. It’s igniting the spark for the future.”
Kennedy said the chatter at the school in the morning was reasons why Dexter, who lost in his own riding by 31 votes, was voted out of the government.
“We’ve been hearing talks about Port Hawkesbury (paper mill) and the Yarmouth Ferry as reasons, and wow, that’s fantastic that they’re talking about it,” he added.