B.C. premier Christy Clark, who was "thrilled" to announce the event just a week ago, issued today (June 12) the following statement about the cancellation of #OmTheBridge:
In April, I had the privilege of welcoming Prime Minister Modi to Vancouver. We discussed trade, investment - and yoga. India is rightfully proud of their gift to the world, and how it has become part of the cultural fabric of British Columbia.
Yoga is about attaining inner peace and harmony. Our intention was to join with other centres around the world in celebrating the United Nations' International Day of Yoga in that spirit.
Unfortunately, the focus of the proposed Burrard Street Bridge event has drifted towards politics - getting in the way of the spirit of community and inner reflection. It was for that reason, I decided not to participate.
I want to thank our sponsors for organizing an inclusive event with the very best of intentions. Though we are forced to cancel the Burrard Street Bridge event, I hope British Columbians will still feel encouraged to participate in their events elsewhere.
The United Nations designated June 21st as the International Day of Yoga and I'm pleased that there are events taking place across the province to celebrate it. June 21st is also recognized in Canada as National Aboriginal Day, also with events across the province - and the country.
B.C.'s greatest strength is our diversity. I hope June 21st will be about celebrating the best part of us all.
NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert had this to say on Twitter:
Kids' entertainer Raffi (of "Baby Beluga" fame), who pushed the hashtag #ShunTheBridge, also chimed in with his thoughts: