The Calgary municipal government is going ahead with a plebiscite for their 2026 Olympic bid.
Advanced votes can start being registered by the beginning of next week before the official voting day on Nov.13. So voters don’t get a lot of time to dig into all the information to vote with clear vision.
And remember, this is a non-binding plebiscite. The powers that could be looked at a close vote and say, ok, we’ll make the decision and move forward no matter if the yes or no side win.
The sticker shock is going to scare people away with a cost of 5.2 billion shared among the city, province, federal government and the IOC.
But it’s doing business with the International Olympic Committee that should lead to more skepticism.
The IOC isn’t in it to make anybody money but themselves, keeping over half of the revenue generated. Look at their reluctance to give the NHL more of the pie, which led to the best of the best not playing in South Korea.
I’m a fan of the Olympics. Calgary should host them some day but until the IOC share more profits with host cities, I’d be voting ‘no’.