100,000 Underage Voters Elect NDP Majority; Liberals form Official Opposition

Elementary and high school students across the province participated in Student Vote: a parallel election program coinciding with the British Columbia provincial election.

After learning about the democratic process, researching the party platforms, hosting candidate forums and debating the future of British Columbia, students cast their ballots for local candidates.

More than 100,000 votes were reported from more than 693 schools representing all 85 electoral divisions across the province. In preliminary results, students elected an NDP government and a Liberal opposition.

The NDP won 53 seats, forming a majority government, and captured 38.50 per cent of the popular vote. Leader Adrian Dix won his seat in Vancouver-Kingsway, receiving 59.52 per cent of the vote.

The Liberals took 21 seats and 28.17 per cent of the popular vote. Premier Christy Clark lost in Vancouver-Point Grey, receiving 28.50 per cent of the vote. Clark was defeated by NDP challenger David Eby, who received 40.42 per cent of the vote.

The Green Party won 8 seats and captured 17.21 per cent of the popular vote. Leader Jane Sterk won her seat in Victoria-Beacon Hill with 42.81 per cent of the vote.

The BC Conservatives received no seats in the Student Vote, though they took 8.59 per cent of the popular vote. Leader John Cummins was unable to win a seat in his Langley riding.

Three independent candidates won their seats including John Van Dongen (Abbotsford South), Bob Simpson (Cariboo North) and Vicki Huntington (Delta South).

Students have voted for the same governing party as the adults in 16 out of 19 elections. However, students in British Columbia selected an NDP majority government in both 2005 and 2009.





“Students elect an NDP majority government in mock election,” Global News (May 14, 2013)

“B.C. students rock the vote in mock election,” Vancouver Sun (May 14, 2013)

“NDP win majority, Greens take eight seats in student vote,” The Tyee (May 14, 2013)

“BC students would have elected an NDP majority,” CKNW (May 14, 2013)


“NDP swayed B.C. students,” The Prince George Citizen (May 14, 2013)

“BC Liberals triumph in South Surrey ridings,” Peace Arch News (May 13, 2013)

“Cloverdale students elect Liberal Stephanie Cadieux,” Cloverdale Reporter (May 14, 2013)

“Skeena riding students choose NDPer Robin Austin,” Terrace Standard (May 14, 2013)

“Student Vote gives B.C.’s NDP a landslide majority,” Cowichan News Leader (May 15, 2013)

“Comox Valley students closer to reality than young voters provincewide,” Comox Valley Record (May 15, 2013)

“SAS goes with Gunner, ERS students choose Kyllo,” Salmon Arm Observer (May 15, 2013)

“Students side with the NDP,” Surrey Leader (May 15, 2013)

“Peace Region students would have chosen Liberal candidates,” (May 15, 2013)

“NDP would have won if students were deciding,” Kamloops Daily News (May 15, 2013)

“Excalibur wins election! . . . if students had a vote,” Chilliwack Times (May 16, 2013)

“Myrtle Philip students rock the vote,” Whistler Question (May 16, 2013)

“Students elect 2 Liberals, 1 NDP in mock election,” Richmond Review (May 16, 2013)

“Students buck trend,” Campbell River Mirror (May 16, 2013)

“Students choose Greens and NDP,” Chilliwack Progress (May 16, 2013)

“Students go Green in Saanich North and the Islands,” Peninsula News Review (May 28, 2013)

“Central Student Vote mirrors actual Burnaby results,” Burnaby NewsLeader (May 31, 2013)


Past Results

2009 Student Vote Results
2005 Student Vote Results