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Ward 11 News: 2026 Winter Olympic Games Bid - Update

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On Monday April 16th, in a vote of 9-6, City Council voted to keep moving forward with an Olympic bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. 
I voted no. 
Given the state of our economy, record-high unemployment levels and the number of important priorities that our city has, including the lack of comprehensive flood mitigation, inadequate snow clearing (not to mention a $5.7 billion funding shortfall that The City of Calgary is facing over the next 10 years), now is not the time to pursue this event.
After almost two years since this process began and almost $10 million having been spent, Calgarians have had zero opportunities for citizen input and City Council still does not have answers on basic things like how much this event will even cost.
You may also remember that other important information pertaining to the economic viability of hosting the Games was kept from members of City Council and only came to light once a member of the media discovered it through a Freedom of Information and Privacy (FOIP) request.
The lack of transparency and lack of accountability that have plagued this initiative since the beginning have all of the hallmarks of a done deal being rammed through by special interests and the political elite.
Here’s how members of City Council voted on the question to proceed with an Olympic bid:
     AGAINST:   Farkas, Chu, Demong, Farrell, Gondek, Magliocca
     FOR:           Carra, Chahal, Colley-Urquhart, Davison, Jones, Keating,  
                         Sutherland, Woolley, Nenshi

City Council also voted in favour of creating a sub-committee of City Council consisting of the Mayor and four members of Council. I voted against the creation of this sub-committee along with one other member of Council, Councillor Magliocca. In my opinion, creating yet another sub-committee to manage this project will add another layer of bureaucracy to this process. City Hall is out of touch with Calgarians and I will continue to advocate for transparency and protecting our financial future.

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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