Understanding the Federal Election Results

  • Invite students to share what they heard about the election results. Write a few items on the board. Then, explain that there are a lot of different ways to think about the election results. 
  • Working in partners or small groups, have students use news reports or data from elections.ca to complete the questions below. For a printable activity sheet, click here
  • Invite groups to share their responses to initiate a whole class discussion.
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A.    My local representative

 

Investigate:

  • What is the electoral district or riding of our school?
  • Who is our member of Parliament? Did it change?
  • By how much did they win?
  • Are they in government or opposition?

Discuss and reflect: 

  • Why do you think they won? 
  • What were some factors in their success?
 
B.    The new federal government

 

Investigate:

  • Which party won the election? Who is the prime minister? 
  • What kind of government is it? Minority or majority? 
  • How different is the new government from the old government?
  • How many seats did each party win?

Discuss and reflect:

  • What were some factors that led to these results? 
  • What are your friends, family and the media saying?
  • Make a prediction about how this election will affect Canada over the next four years.
 
C.    Student Vote Canada 2019 results

 

More than 1.1 million elementary and high school students cast their ballots for Student Vote Canada 2019. The results have been compiled by categories (province/territory, riding, school) and can be found here.

Investigate: 

  • How do the Student Vote results compare to the results in the federal election?  
  • How would the make-up of a House of Commons elected by student voters compare to the real one elected by Canadians on October 21, 2019? 
  • What else do you observe?

Discuss and reflect:

  • What do you think accounts for the differences in results between Student Vote Canada 2019 and the federal election? 
  • What do you wonder now?