Student Vote Nova Scotia 2017: The Results

May 30th, 2017 by Dan Allan

More than 18,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2017 Nova Scotia provincial election.

After learning about the electoral process, researching the parties and platforms, and debating the future of Nova Scotia, students cast ballots for the official candidates running in their local electoral district.

As of 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, 163 schools had reported their election results, representing 50 of 51 electoral districts in the province. In total, 18,929 ballots were cast by student participants; 18,186 valid votes and 743 rejected ballots.

Student Vote NS 2017 -- Results Graphic

Students elected Jamie Baillie and the PC Party to form a minority government with 25 seats and 36.4 per cent of the vote. Baillie won in his electoral district of Cumberland South with 35.9 per cent of the vote.

Gary Burrill and the NDP took 13 seats and will form the official opposition, receiving 25.9 per cent of the popular vote. Burrill won in his electoral district of Halifax Chebucto with 38.7 per cent of the vote.

Stephen McNeil and the Liberals won 11 seats and received 26.2 per cent of the vote. McNeil won in his electoral district of Annapolis with 41.1 per cent of the vote.

The Green Party received 1 seat and 8.7 per cent of the vote. Leader Thomas Trappenberg was defeated in his electoral district of Clayton Park West, but candidate Anthony Edmonds won in Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank with 33.8 per cent of the vote.

The Atlantica Party elected no candidates while receiving 2.5 per cent of the vote. Leader Jonathan Dean was defeated in his electoral district of Clayton Park West.

“We would like to thank all of the teachers for their enthusiasm and leadership, and for dedicating the time and effort to this civic education exercise at such a busy time of the year,” says Lindsay Mazzucco, Chief Operating Officer of CIVIX. “This is the second Student Vote project organized in Nova Scotia this school year and more than 30,000 ballots were cast by future voters in both the municipal and provincial elections.”




  • There were many close races across Nova Scotia, with 15 races determined by 15 votes or less.
  • The electoral district of Antigonish had the greatest number of participants with 1,140 valid votes. Hants East was second with 1,040, followed by Hammonds Plains-Lucasville with 852.
  • Kings South and Victoria-The Lakes each had eight schools report results – more than any other electoral district.


Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. CIVIX provides authentic learning opportunities to help young Canadians practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets and elected representatives.

The Student Vote project for the 2017 Nova Scotia provincial election was conducted with support from Elections Nova Scotia, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association and the Government of Canada

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