It is an unprecedented time in Olympic history, for the first time in over a century, there very well might not be a single city even bothering to make a bid.
Currently on the roster of potential cities, we have Calgary, Stockholm, and a joint Italy bid. Each and every one of those cities is looking more and more like they will withdraw from the process.
I was at a town hall hosted by Councilor Jeromy Farkas, I did not find a single Calgarian who supported the bid, other than the elite few getting paid to support it. Keep in mind, the CEO of BidCo is getting paid 68% more than the prime minister's base salary – almost $300,000 a year.
BidCo seems obsessed with the idea of “legacy”. Well, I am too, and what is unacceptable is leaving a disastrous financial legacy for future generations.
The going rate for these games are in the billions, and cost overruns are par for the course. The Olympics will disproportionately hurt the poor.
With that in mind, how dare Nenshi and his band of lefties support this?
On November 13, every fixed-income senior, every student saddled with thousands of student loans, every single father, I predict that they will be scrambling to vote NO to Nenshi’s vanity project.
Their livelihoods depend on it.