Petition - Olympics

Petition - Olympics


Mayor Nenshi and his supporters on City Council seem determined to create a legacy for the Mayor - even if it means plunging Calgary into the red and misleading folks through an "accidentally posted" report.

Late last week, the City of Calgary posted a report saying that Calgary should move ahead with its Olympic bid - creating a company called "Bidco" - because other levels of government had committed funds to the bid process.

There's just one problem - the report was totally wrong. No funding has been committed by other levels of government, despite the Mayor and his supporters saying the province and Ottawa were both "very supportive" of the bid.

...Just not supportive enough to commit actual dollars.

Alberta is facing a record debt - by the time the next election rolls around, that debt will be closing in on $100 billion.

Meanwhile, the federal government's spending addiction continues unabated, with a deficit this year of more than $18 billion, and a total national debt hovering at around the $650 billion mark.

It's clear that neither the provincial or federal government can afford the billions it would take for Calgary to host the Olympics in 2026.

Worse, Councillor Druh Farrell - the Mayor's biggest-spending supporter on Council - doesn't want the public to have any say on this critical issue.

She's stated that there's no time to hold a plebiscite on Calgary pursuing an Olympic bid - a contention that Councillor Jeromy Farkas hotly disputes, and that the Mayor eventually admitted wasn't true either.

We need to send Council a message that during these tough economic times - with tens of thousands of Calgarian without jobs, a sluggish economy, and high office vacancy rates - this is completely the wrong time for Calgary to spend millions and millions on an Olympics that, if awarded to Calgary, would cost us billions and billions.


I, the undersigned, believe that City Council needs to restore fiscal responsibility to Calgary. We need to stop spending money we don't have, and stop the tax-wasting Olympic bid.

Before any bid to host the Olympics goes forward, the City of Calgary needs to hold a plebiscite and give Calgarians the opportunity to directly decide whether or not pursuing such a bid is the right choice for Calgary.

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  • signed 2018-04-18 14:20:20 -0600
    Imagine how much good spending millions of dollars on sports facilities directly would have had, instead of gambling with money we don’t have on an Olympic bid. Stop spending our tax money on Nenshi’s Folly.
  • signed 2018-04-18 10:57:00 -0600
  • signed via 2018-04-17 12:14:42 -0600
    I am against spending such a pool on money just to investigate if we should proceed with a bid. Why is this costing so much and who is the money for the investigation going to go to? Why has the City of Calgary not published a breakdown of the expected costs ? The City is already in debt as is the Province and the Federal Government. We CAN NOT afford such an expenditure so why pursue such a project further? If a deficit occurs . who is going to pay the overruns? Please don’t tell me it is the taxpayers and homeowners of Calgary !!!!!
  • signed 2018-04-16 17:02:42 -0600
    Get these ******* clowns out of city council!
  • signed 2018-04-13 18:50:37 -0600
    Too much money has been spent to date on the 16 frat party. No more! Let’s fix the healthcare system first.
  • signed via 2018-04-10 15:57:04 -0600
  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-10 05:24:42 -0600
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  • signed 2018-04-10 05:23:35 -0600
    When will these clowns figure out that wanton spending of public money doesn’t lead to a good outcome for any socioeconomic group. Pet projects and reckless spending only ever benefit the tiny elite group who is physically doing the spending, beyond the ability of the average person to sto… … oh… oh,ok… so I guess they have that figured out. Crap…
  • signed 2018-04-09 15:22:19 -0600
    Mayor Nenshi seems intent to bulldoze the bid through without any regard to the wishes of those he claims to represent.

    Such eagerness to saddle Calgarians with mountains of future debt for the sake of his legacy! Such Hubris!
  • signed 2018-04-06 12:51:14 -0600
    Stop this madness We already have a debt that is becoming unpayable. No need adding another 6 or so billion to the debt
  • signed 2018-04-06 12:03:45 -0600
    We do not need the cost of the Olympics.
  • signed 2018-04-05 18:23:00 -0600
  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-05 07:45:07 -0600
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-05 07:45:03 -0600
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  • signed 2018-04-05 07:44:34 -0600
  • signed 2018-04-05 03:11:57 -0600
  • signed 2018-04-04 20:21:55 -0600
    Sad that these people were voted in AGAIN!!!
  • signed 2018-04-03 09:50:23 -0600
  • signed 2018-04-02 17:18:57 -0600
  • signed 2018-04-02 17:14:51 -0600
  • signed 2018-04-02 16:01:30 -0600
  • signed 2018-04-01 15:34:15 -0600
  • signed 2018-04-01 11:43:47 -0600
    Andrew C Newson
  • signed 2018-03-31 22:06:23 -0600
    Tom Beaton Most of City council are trying to stop any kind of plebiscite on this issue, showing how undemocratic and elitist they are getting. We need more people to get involved and sign the petition.
  • signed via 2018-03-31 19:16:23 -0600
  • signed 2018-03-31 12:50:33 -0600
    I agree, we need to stop spending money we don’t have, and stop the tax-wasting Olympic bid.
  • signed 2018-03-31 08:58:34 -0600
    Enough of wasteful spending by the City of Calgary, that results in increasing taxes in one form or another. It is a proven fact that the Olympics has been an losing entity financially for hosting cities. As per Mr. Demsey from Boston, who came to Calgary to speak said, “The Olympics’ recent track record isn’t great: cost overruns, empty stadiums left behind, corruption scandals.” " It’s surely lucrative for the IOC but can be disastrous for host cities." “the IOC and its sponsors do great and the TV contracts are profitable, it’s still the case where these host cities have bad outcomes.”” We can not afford it, and common sense needs to prevail.
  • signed 2018-03-30 19:17:26 -0600
    There are far more important issues for the City to spend the taxpayers money on.
  • signed 2018-03-30 18:55:46 -0600
    Stop this stupid exercise and wasting of our money that you don’t claim you don’t have enough of to deal with what you were elected to do. ie. roads, transportation, rec centre, water/sewer Nenshi tells the media and that he needs more money. Where do you think you are getting the money to waste on the corrupt endeavour. NO BID.
  • signed via 2018-03-30 16:40:40 -0600
    Lori L. Parker