Student Vote Canada kicks off at Devonshire P.S.

Devonshire P.S. is one of more than 2,500 schools across Canada already registered for this fall’s federal Student Vote program. Participating Grade 4 students sent us a blog recounting their recent pre-election candidates meeting.

Recently in the grade four class ideas have been buzzing. Our teacher, Mr. Stephen Skoutajan, has our brains rolling and working on one subject: the Student Vote kick off. The plan is help grades three to six students learn about the federal election.

June 19 was a special day at Devonshire Community Public School. Three Ottawa Centre candidates came in to tell students a bit about their experiences as they begin to campaign for the upcoming election.

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The three candidates were MP Paul Dewar of the New Democratic Party, Damian Konstantinakos of the Conservative Party and Catherine McKenna of the Liberal Party. They came in to talk about themselves and about their experiences running as candidates. They also answered questions in a three minute time limit. Grade 4 students ran the event and students from each class asked the candidates questions.

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It was a great experience for the kids to learn about the election and students will be able to vote as well, but in the Student Vote. The Student Vote lets kids have a chance to experience voting before the age of eighteen. There are ballot boxes and voting marks like a real election.

-Grade 4 students at Devonshire Community Public School

Educators can register for the Student Vote program at or by calling us at 1-866-488-8775.

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