If it had only been for the students who participated in the mock federal election, the NDP would have done better locally than the party in the official election.
Students who participated in the CIVIX vote in their schools gave victories to the New Democrats in three ridings: Cambridge, Guelph and Kitchener-South-Hespeler.
Three incumbents are said to have won their ridings: Liberal Bardish Chagger in Waterloo, Tory Michael Chong in Wellington-Halton Hills and Tory John Nater in Perth-Wellington, which was in line with what voters did in Monday’s election.
The students also reportedly gave Green candidate Mike Morrice the victory in Kitchener Center, which he won in the general election.
Unjal Pradhan is a grade 12 student at Bishop MacDonell Catholic High School in Guelph and helped organize the Student Vote event at her school.
She said the student volunteers knew they didn’t have much time and met on the second day of school to begin planning.
WATCH | Grade 12 student Unjal Pradhan talks about Student Vote:
CIVIX is a national charity that aims to involve young people in their community and politics.
At the federal level in the student vote, the NDP would have 107 seats, just behind the Liberals’ 117.
Overall, 740,515 votes were reported in 5,478 schools across Canada.