November 14, 2018 9:39 am
Updated: November 14, 2018 9:59 am

Canadian Paralympic committee disappointed, but respects Calgary Olympic plebiscite vote outcome

Wed, Nov 7: Past president of the Canadian Paralympic committee David Legg joins Global News Morning Calgary to discuss how hosting the Olympic Games could impact accessibility in Calgary.

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The group representing Canada’s Paralympic athletes says it is disappointed but respects the decision by Calgarians to vote against making a bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Marc-Andre Fabien, president of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, says home games would have “united the nation” and energized people across the country.

But, he says in a statement today that the group is “pleased the people of Calgary had the opportunity to share their voice.”

READ MORE: 56.4% of Calgarians say ‘no’ to 2026 Olympic bid in plebiscite: unofficial results

In a plebiscite asking citizens if they wanted to host a Winter Games again, 56.4 per cent of those who went to the polls cast a dissenting vote Tuesday.

Out of 767,734 eligible voters, 304,774 voted and 171,750 said “no.”

The plebiscite’s result is non-binding on city council, which has the final say on whether Calgary proceeds with a bid years after the city hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics.

The results won’t be declared official until Friday, with council expected to address the results Monday.

A ceremony is held at the legislature for Alberta athletes who competed at the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Alberta government, Credit

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