On Friday, 24 October, MGCI students participated in a mock election.
The top three candidates for each category were as follows:
Doug Ford – 129 votes
Olivia Chow – 63 votes
John Tory – 45 votes
Councillor: Ward 26
John Parker – 128 votes
Jon Burnside – 45 votes
Wasim Vania – 45 votes
School Trustee – English Public: Ward 13
Don Hendrick – 98 votes
Gerri Gershon – 77 votes
Pushpa Mathanalingam – 52 votes
This year’s vote was organized by teachers, Mr. Pearce and Ms. Woodley, along with the help of six teachers, and ten student volunteers.
Over 250 schools participated in this year’s election.
Many students in Garneau voted to express their political opinions. Grade 11 student Morris Chen, who voted for John Tory, said that he did so because Tory was the right wing candidate that was most likely to win.
On the other hand, Grade 11 student Chrystal Zhang voted for Olivia Chow. She said that she chose to do so because “her plans for housing and transportation really appealed to me,” and that “I agree with her more than the other two [candidates].”
MGCI’s popular vote for the Mayor was consistent with the results that students across Toronto voted for. In the Toronto-wide student election, Doug Ford won with 35.9% of the votes, Olivia Chow was runner up with 27.9%, and John Tory was in third with 26.0%.
For the position of Ward 26 Councillor, MGCI voted for Joe Burnside, who won with 44.15% of the votes in the Toronto-wide election.
The full results for Student Vote can be found here.
Revision, October 31, 2014: In previous versions of this article it was stated that Jon Parker won the position of Ward 26 Councillor in the Toronto-wide election. This was incorrect. Joe Burnside won the position, and John Parker is the correct spelling of the second-place candidate.