Calgary city council voted Monday afternoon to move full steam ahead onto the next step in their 2026 Winter Olympics aspirations.
Council has already spent $3-$4M on “public engagement” reports, and if everything goes according to plan, another $30-$40M will be spent to set up a city funded corporation to examine Calgary’s options before making an official Olympic bid.
After that, the expensive process of winning the bid and pleasing the corrupt International Olympic Committee begins.
Some on council are worried that enough money has been spent, so those fiscally conservative councillors wanted to use Monday’s vote to exit the bidding process before more taxpayer money is wasted trying to win a bid that could leave Calgary with a $2.5-$10B price tag.
But Canada’s Olympic athletes and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce are making the patriotic and business case for becoming a host city.
Joining me tonight to cut through the emotions and nostalgia in an interview recorded minutes after Monday’s council vote, to give us the taxpayer reality, is William MacBeath from the municipal accountability advocacy group, Save Calgary.