November 28, 2018

How Calgary dodged the Olympic bullet and what’s on the horizon for taxpayers? (Guest: William McBeath)

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show


On November 13th, 2018, Calgary's residents wisely voted against a two-week-long legacy party for Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

In a municipal plebiscite where over three-hundred thousand ballots were cast, over 56 per cent voted “No” to Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.

Thank God. It was a rebuke of the wasteful priorities at Calgary city council, a rejection of the corruption of the International Olympic Committee and a rare win for common sense and accountability in Alberta politics.

Will this whole expensive and secretive debacle be a gut check for City Hall? Or will Mayor Nenshi simply move on to the next expensive pet project to be laid at the feet of Calgary taxpayers?

Joining me tonight to discuss how Calgary dodged the Olympic bullet, and what's on the horizon for Calgary taxpayers suffering through the worst economic recession in a generation, is taxpayer advocate, William McBeath, from municipal accountability group, Save Calgary.

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commented 2018-11-29 17:42:38 -0500
No different than the stunned dope we have in Edmonton with his billion dollar LRTs that don’t work.
commented 2018-11-29 14:07:42 -0500
They squandered a small fortune just pushing this Olympic farce, expect them to continue throwing around taxpayer money until the taxpayers throw them out of office.
commented 2018-11-29 13:10:38 -0500
Dont forget the bike paths created on our streets by taking out car lanes. The very few bikes that use them pay no fuel tax, registration or anything for the use of our roads.
Transit is only full at rush hour the rest of the time it is almost empty. How efficient to have a bus driving around all day with a few people on it.
commented 2018-11-29 10:11:22 -0500
Purple just spent 330 million on f#cking bus infrastructure here the last 2 years including but not limited to a Deerfoot trail bridge crossing that only busses are allowed on !! Meanwhile 95% of us Calgarians are drivers due to the fact its a driving city ! Purple has been at war against cars for at least the last 4 years taking away full lanes throughout the city for a handful of cyclist’s its insanity and if you look at how many riders are on the bus or train & these bike lanes during non peak hours its disgusting .

If you hate your country vote for these liberals NDP types this is what happens !
So sick of our low informed voters .
commented 2018-11-29 09:28:58 -0500
Why is the public art never an Alberta artist?
commented 2018-11-29 09:08:20 -0500
Nenshi was only reelected with the help of Notley and her cronies. How convenient that they ran out of ballots in certain wards on election night. And advanced polls used to be just 1 or 2 days, and now they are increasing, so that come election night, they mysteriously run our of ballots when the general public normally vote. My advice is to always vote in the advanced polls.
commented 2018-11-29 09:03:45 -0500
I think public art is the new brown envelopes being used to transfer money to the enemies of democracy.
commented 2018-11-29 08:42:36 -0500
Calgary continues to circle the drain while leftist elite politicians on city council, their union cronies, and special interest groups continue fill their pockets. That is what they are hiding behind all those closed door meetings.
commented 2018-11-29 07:15:25 -0500
I wonder how Nenshi is going to get Calgary’s bid in for the 2026 Winter Olympic now.

Does anyone really believe Nenshi has given up just because Calgarians voted against it?
commented 2018-11-29 04:15:56 -0500
The Olympics are such a waste of time and money. In the end, these athletes do nothing for anybody.
commented 2018-11-29 02:21:06 -0500
As a former municipal affairs reporter in St. Catharines, Ontario in the 70s, what’s with all those hundreds of “in camera” meetings??? Something seriously, seriously, seriously wrong Calgary!
commented 2018-11-29 01:43:58 -0500
I still can’t believe Nenshi was re-elected!
But Sheila Gunn-Reid, “shocking” doesn’t cover it!
The plebiscite. 56 % said no!
700 in camera meetings!
200 of the 400 BILLION dollars of taxpayer money for wages
and whatnot!
$900,000 for that pile of scrap metal, and then there’s that other, half finished…thing!
When you were saying shocking, I was thinking, criminal!
commented 2018-11-29 00:24:03 -0500
Well OK!… So hopefully the “Stout Nenshi Statue” will have to be sought from private funding!?…. “The times they are a changing…” As a, whose grandchildren are growing up in Alberta, the next provincial election cannot come soon enough!…
commented 2018-11-29 00:14:05 -0500
Good guest and interview.
The salary and defined pensions mentioned will eventually bankrupt Calgarians.
Chicago is nearly bankrupt and the state of illinois has a pension obligation equal to 260% of its total tax intake.
Oh well, Calgarians will have public art to laugh at as they take the bus to their tiny home.
commented 2018-11-28 22:20:29 -0500
Shiela, London Ontario council has been pushing a 10 year, 500 million dollar Bus Rapid Transit scheme, that would take 4 lane roads, turn them into 2 lane roads (bus lanes are separate) to save an average of “4 minutes” bus travel from the north side of the city to the south side. EXCEPT when there is a train, then everything has to stop for the train.
Thankfully, we voted out the BRT council, and mayor, and we can start again with a new council.
We have already spent over a million dollars on this, hopefully it is dead with the new council.
It was mostly the local university pushing the BRT. Those poor snowflakes may have to spend an extra 4 minutes on the bus!! Heaven forbid!!!!!
commented 2018-11-28 22:11:28 -0500
700 private meetings in Calgary city hall, what the heck are they up to?
commented 2018-11-28 21:57:12 -0500
We all know that Nenshi and city councillors are not done by a long shot, they will continue with their insanity, on new targets, somehow using the loss of the games as an excuse to spend money no one has on something that we can not afford now.
commented 2018-11-28 21:32:15 -0500
I live in the inner-city part of Calgary that might be considered Ground Zero for the NO vote. The same part of the city where some of the underfunded, underdog leaders of the NO vote live. Just a few blocks away from where my city councilor Sean Chu had his campaign headquarters in the last election campaign.
As Coun. Chu said at the end of the day, this was a great victory for common sense, and I could not possibly agree more.
Wear it, Nenshi. Wear it right into your next election campaign, whether it be municipal, provincial, or federal.
Wear it, Barney. It looks real, real good on you.