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UNBC Prof Encouraged by Boost in Voter Turnout

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

Prince George, B.C. – Preliminary numbers released by Elections Canada suggest there’s been a sizeable boost in voter turnout both nationally and regionally following yesterday’s election.

According to those numbers, 69.49% of Canadians voted across the country, up from 61.1% in the 2011 federal election.

An even bigger increase was seen in Cariboo-Prince George where turnout jumped from 58% in 2011 to 67.99% and in Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies from 54% to 67.89%.

UNBC Political Science professor Dr. Gary Wilson says it’s both “great to see” and “a good sign.”

He attributes the boost to both young people and First Nations feeling more engaged.

“We had an event at UNBC last night and there were lots of students from many different disciplines there and they all seemed to be really interested in what was going on,” says Wilson.

“There was also a lot of talk among First Nations leaders about getting the vote out and I think that shows in some of the numbers for the NDP and the Liberals.”

He also notes it’s rather ironic voter turnout was it’s highest last night since the 1993 election (69.6%).

“There was a big change that took place in that election with a shift from a Conservative party that had been in power for almost 10 years and then a shift back to the Liberals,” he says.

“So it’s kind of a repeat of what happened in the early 90s with what happened last night, and with a new young leader with lots of energy and dynamism and charisma are we on the cusp of a new Liberal dynasty for the next decade? Who knows.”


The increase in voter turnout can be attributed to the fact that there were more voters who actively wanted to turf Harper and the Conservatives.

Why can’t Dr. Wilson just state the obvious?

It feels like I’m living a new country today – one of hope for the future. The dark days of Harper’s leadership are over, and the Canadian public came out and voted to end it.

Wonder if trudeau will cancil the native band financial disclosures? He’ll have to pay off the chiefs somehow. Wonder what the profs opinion would be on that, if he is allowed an option.

The Conservative Campaign office had many First Nations members helping out, manning the phones throughout this campaign. While the Chiefs and Councils were calling for their members to vote NDP, I suspect that the average First Nations member is pleased to see full disclosure of the bands financial information as a result of the Conservative’s Transparency Act.

Getting rid of this Act and the accountability contained within it would be extremely detrimental to the average First Nations person!

Another professor stating the obvious..

“Why can’t Dr. Wilson just state the obvious?”

Because there was much awareness raising about getting out to vote in the past years due to declining voter participation. So, he is stating the obvious that those efforts worked ….

He cannot point to a single study he or anyone else has done to indicate that there would be any other reasons ….. such as great weather … nothing better to do these days …. better locations for polls ….

who knows what all the factors are …..

Why on earth would anyone think that the real reason would be the issues and the leaders involved?????? ;-)

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