Calgary’s hopes of hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics have finally ended.
The city-wide plebiscite hammered the final nail into the coffin on a bid process that had been plagued with City Council disputes, last-minute funding agreements, and heated division between Calgarians.
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With the plebiscite’s unofficial results stating that 171,750 Calgarians (56.4% of voters) cast their ballots against an official bid, the long process is finally coming to its end.
There were many people anxiously awaiting the announcement of the unofficial results on Tuesday night, and due to the City of Calgary’s new tabulator voting process, the results were announced once they were all counted, rather than the usual process of announcing percentages as polling station numbers come in.
The City of Calgary posted a tweet at 9:37 pm stating that they would be announcing the results “within the next 15 minutes,” which had Calgarians refreshing their Twitter feeds for the next 20 minutes.
We expect to release #yycvote results within the next 15 minutes.
— City of Calgary (@cityofcalgary) November 14, 2018
— Kirsten Alyssa (@_kirstenalyssa) November 14, 2018
Waiting for the #yycvote results to be announced all at once instead of having results trickle in like a normal election is actually torture.
— Kyra N. Bird (@KyraNBird_) November 14, 2018
— Sarvesh Thuse (@sthuse) November 14, 2018
At 9:55 pm, the city announced the unofficial results that the NO side had won, and Calgarians on Twitter were unsurprisingly both enthused and disappointed.
This used to be a “can do” city. Now it’s just a dying one. #yycvote
— christerf (@christerf) November 14, 2018
— john pedlar (@JohnPedlar) November 14, 2018
— Zenon Herasymiuk (@ZenonHerasymiuk) November 14, 2018
— Garrett McCoy (@GarrettMcCoy) November 14, 2018
— Waccace (@Waccace1) November 14, 2018
— Ivanna_justamom🇨🇦 (@VapinSquirrel) November 14, 2018
— Matthew B. (@MattBInYYC) November 14, 2018
And some people were just happy that the plebiscite saw such a large turnout, with 304,774 Calgarians casting a ballot one way or the other.
Here’s one positive Calgary, for EVERYONE in #yyc: there was a good turnout for a plebiscite. People got involved in the politics! I had a lot of good discussions with neighbours and friends, who voted both ways. Let’s hope we keep that trend going with our politics. #yycvote
— Chris Mahoolahan (@chrismcgdude) November 14, 2018