The Liberal party’s message seems to have resonated with some of the youth in the Kamloops-North Thompson riding, particularly at Barriere Secondary School.
In a vote by students held the day before the recent provincial election, Liberal Party candidate Peter Milobar (who won the actual election as well) netted 36 per cent of the 72 ballots cast at BSS.
Green Party candidate Dan Hines came second in the student vote with 33 per cent. Third place in the student vote went to Barb Nederpel of the NDP with 19 per cent. Communist Party candidate Peter Paul Kerek got 11 per cent of the students’ ballots.
At Clearwater Secondary, the Green’s message resonated with the students. Dan Hines placed first with 55 per cent of the votes cast. Peter Milobar came second with 26 per cent. Third place went to Barb Nederpel with 13 per cent. Peter Paul Kerek came fourth with 8 per cent.
Across the Kamloops-North Thompson riding, the vote in the participating schools was Dan Hines in first place with 38 per cent, Peter Milobar second with 28 per cent, Barb Nederpel third with 24 per cent, and Peter Paul Kerek with 10 per cent.
In the province-wide results, the student vote said the NDP would form government with 60 seats. The Green Party formed the Official Opposition with 14 and the Liberals won 12. One independent candidate was elected.
About 1,092 schools reported their election results, representing all 87 electoral districts in the province. In total, 170,238 ballots were cast by student participants; this includes 163,923 valid votes and 6,315 rejected votes.