Under the direction of Lt(N) Knoop, the training officer for RCSCC Warspite, the cadets participated in a "mock" election. With the Federal coming up in Canada, it was a great exercise to show the cadets how elections are held in Canada and that every vote matters. The senior cadets began the night by nominating voting for polling staff and choosing candidates. The whole ships company then received a history of the election process in Canada. For every person who votes in an election, they must present a form of ID. So every cadet created an ID card to show their voting district, Warspite Port or Warspite Starboard. We had two polling stations staffed and set up and ready to process the incoming wave of votes. The the ships company assembled in front of the stage for our debate. Our three candidates took the stage, each representing a party that outlines a change to the sea cadet uniform.
PO2 Dorscht with the shirt and tie party. PO2 Coleman with the Sweater Party. Finally, PO1 Kok with the gunshirt party. The cadets were polled before and after the debate and the polled voters minds changed drastically after the debate. We then proceeded to the final part of the night, after a brief explanation of the voting process, as well as a review of ballot and districting voting procedure, we were ready to begin the official vote. The voting staff and the candidates did an amazing job, but at the end of the night, there had to be a winning party. The election result were close, very close. With two ridings, a party representative was elected for each riding.
For Warspite Port, the Gunshirt Party took the win.
For Warpsite Starboard, The Shirt and Tie party walked away.
In true Canadian election fashion, the popular vote ended up deciding who would form the government in this minority situation. The Gunshirt party took the night with 37.93% of the popular vote.
While they came in second in number of votes, losing by one vote overall but not securing any representatives, the Sweater party with 34.48% of the vote.
Last place in the popular vote came the Shirt and Tie party, with just 27.58%, but still managed to win one district.
BZ to all cadets. Don't forget, ever vote counts!