After much controversy surrounding the closure of the Burrard Bridge for International Yoga Day, Premier Christy Clark announced she won’t be participating in the event.
Clark tweeted out her decision, saying “it’s not about politics” as her explanation for her absence.
Yoga Day is a great opportunity to celebrate peace and harmony – it's not about politics. I don't intend to participate.
— Christy Clark (@christyclarkbc) June 12, 2015
People on Twitter were critical of Clark’s decision to have the event on the bridge and then not participate in the festivities.
@christyclarkbc Peace and Harmony are free. $150k is a lot of taxpayer money in a time of fiscal restraint.
— slbeckett (@slbeckett) June 12, 2015
— Terri Brandmueller📚 (@tbrandmueller) June 12, 2015
@christyclarkbc Seriously?! You force the public to pay for a publicity party for your donors and you're not taking part in it? Get a clue.
— Jennie Ramstad (@jennieramstad) June 12, 2015
Clark came under fire yesterday for another tweet that she described as “a bit of self-deprecating humour” that read “Hey Yoga Haters – bet you can’t wait for international Tai Chi day.”
Hey Yoga Haters- bet you can't wait for international Tai Chi day. pic.twitter.com/1sEfIwKbG3
— Christy Clark (@christyclarkbc) June 11, 2015
Aboriginal groups are planning on protesting the event since it falls on the same day as National Aboriginal Day. The total cost for the “Om The Bridge” event will be $150,000.