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Ward 11 News: Calgarians Should Have a Say on Olympic Games

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Ward 11 Councillor Jeromy Farkas calls on Calgarians to come to City Hall on April 10th to have their say

Councillor Jeromy Farkas wants Calgarians to get involved and exercise their democratic rights on whether or not to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games.
Please support Councillor Farkas’ request to put the issue of Calgary’s potential bid on the 2026 Winter Olympic Games out to a public vote, and join him on:
          Date:   April 10th, 2018
          Time:   9:30 am
          Location:  Council Chamber, City Hall
Last week, City Council voted to delay a decision on holding a plebiscite until the April 10th meeting. The Priorities and Finance committee is normally closed to citizen input, but Councillor Farkas will be asking his Council colleagues to make an exception and allow citizens to speak. If supported by his Council colleagues, all Calgarians will be given 5 minutes to speak on this matter.
Voters in Vancouver, Innsbruck and Hamburg were given the right to vote. Referendums have become the rule, not the exception. There is no reason that Calgary should be any less democratic. If there is no trust in the process, there can be no trust in the result.
Korea is reported to have spent $13 billion on the Olympics, nearly double the original $7 billion estimate. This may be our one and only chance to tap the brakes and allow for taxpayers to have a say on how their money is spent.
Not consulting Calgarians via a plebiscite would show a lack of respect for the taxpayer. It’s time to show City Hall the power of the people. Please join us on April 10th and make your voice heard!

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