Calgary city council wants Calgary to be an Olympic City again in 2026 - but first they have to talk about being an Olympic host City again.
And like all things Olympic, even talking about being an Olympic host city can be very, very expensive.
Alberta taxpayers are set to fund $30M across three levels of government - municipal, federal and provincial - to form an exploratory corporation to examine what it will take for Calgary to make a successful Olympic bid.
And that doesn’t include the cost of a bid. That’s just the cost of pondering the decision.
Where do taxpayers fit into all of this? The city of Calgary hasn’t bothered to ask them yet.
The going rate of a winter Olympics is around $10B. Even disregarding the debt ridden money pits that most Olympic games become, that’s a lot of money for a city to commit to without asking the people who will cover the bill.
In stepped Save Calgary, the grassroots municipal watchdog group, with a petition to council forcing a plebiscite on Calgary’s Olympic aspirations, and it looks like they might have actually succeeded.
Joining me tonight to discuss the expensive proposition of hosting the Winter Olympics one more time, along with a lot of other expensive craziness happening down at Calgary City Hall, is William MacBeath from Save Calgary.