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MANITOBA'S Green Party has a beachhead for the future -- two seats from enthusiastic supporters not yet old enough to vote.
The aptly-named Dan Green in Lac du Bonnet and Signe Knutson in Riding Mountain won seats for the Greens in the first-ever Student Vote at the provincial level here.
The NDP won a strong majority among Manitoba's students, with 34 seats compared to 15 for the Conservatives. The Liberals were shut out.
The exercise in democracy attracted 15,407 students from 163 schools in 51 ridings. Another 71 schools did not report their voting results to Student Vote officials in time. Ridings missing results included Fort Rouge, Point Douglas, River East, Rossmere, Tyndall Park and Wolseley.
The NDP got 44.7 per cent of the vote and the Tories 33.7 per cent. Students may also have learned about the first-past-the-post parliamentary system, in which coming close or doing well in defeat counts for nothing -- the Liberals almost doubled the Greens in the popular vote despite winning no seats.
Premier Greg Selinger and Tory Leader Hugh McFadyen held their seats, but New Democrat Dan Manning ousted Liberal Leader Dr. Jon Gerrard in River Heights. Green leader James Beddome had to sit and watch, with no votes reported by Monday's 4 p.m. deadline from the two schools participating in Wolseley riding.
Check this morning's official results to find out just how prescient the kids might have been: The students had traditional Tory strongholds Charleswood, Portage la Prairie and St. Paul going NDP, while NDP bastions Flin Flon and Interlake elected Conservatives.
This was the first time that Student Vote has held a Manitoba provincial election after conducting votes among students in 11 federal and provincial elections since 2003.
The non-profit organization provides materials for teachers to do election lessons in the classroom and for students to examine the democratic process, local candidates and the issues.
Come election day, the students vote and the results are totalled from the schools within each riding.
Riding-by-riding details are available at http://studentvote.ca/mb2011/results/.