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.

Who's signing

Victoria Wolf
Dennis Pare
Shawn Halverson
Troy Stepenoff
Joe Moreau
Melissa Pyne
David Burns
rebecca Van Sant
Gordon High
David Cram
Russell Bachmann
Parminder Sidhu
Susan Grant
eleanor watkin
Colveen Estrale
Ryan Anderson
Jim Lambert
Ken Ranta
Jacqueline Sparrow
Tracy Rand
Robert Rand
Ronald Charles
Wayne Redecopp
Sean Phelan
Hal Hammerlindl
Maria Binnion
Michael Corey
Gary Wagner
Elaine Proud
Connie Trottier
1,750 signatures

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  • Victoria Wolf
    signed 2018-12-30 09:29:02 -0700
  • Dennis Pare
    signed 2018-11-10 20:36:54 -0700
    I live in Edmonton and I have already told the feds and our provincial government that I do not approve of spending any tax dollars on the very corrupt Olympics. It’s time the world steps up and demands that the Olympic be taken from the elite few and given back to the athletes.
  • Shawn Halverson
    signed 2018-11-10 08:05:07 -0700
  • Troy Stepenoff
    signed 2018-11-04 23:11:47 -0700
  • Joe Moreau
    signed 2018-11-01 18:19:56 -0600
    we cant clear our residential roads of snow, nor does nenshi feel we need the equipment. apparently this has been a secret for 3 years (bidco mistake comment )and its now obvious why we cant clean the streets because we needed the hundreds of millions of dollars for an Olympics that no one saw coming. l guess when you know your being fired nenshi you may as well put Calgary forever in debt as a punishment to citizens for not putting up with you and your alderman’s vast disgusting ignorance of the needs of the people of this great city that want our streets cleaned in winter and not a 20% rise in my property tax for 30%less service. happy your feeling privileged
  • Melissa Pyne
    signed 2018-10-27 09:54:19 -0600
    This is absolutely not what Alberta needs. Please take that disaster of a corrupt organization called the Olympics to another country.
  • David Burns
    signed 2018-10-26 15:32:26 -0600
    This is absolutely insane to try to pull off at this time. And with the IOC saying they aren’t interested in contributing any more than they already are, the idea of using taxpayer dollars to subsidize the NHL and the CFL with a debt bill that will likely be triple what is estimated proves that government has no problem spending other people’s money.
  • rebecca Van Sant
    signed 2018-10-23 11:52:38 -0600
    The IOC is corrupt organization and City Hall and everyone who is for the Olympics are so blind to this matter that they do not care about Calgary Tax payers at all. Calgary Tax payers can not afford this at all.
  • Gordon High
    signed 2018-10-14 19:38:17 -0600
  • David Cram
    signed 2018-10-09 06:10:38 -0600
    The IOC is a corrupt organization, and the Olympics themselves have to to the point no one can afford them. At a time where all provinces are awash in debt and other social challenges face us, the Olympics is the last thing any country needs.
  • Russell Bachmann
    signed 2018-10-05 15:49:06 -0600
  • Parminder Sidhu
    signed 2018-09-30 13:31:52 -0600
  • Susan Grant
    signed via 2018-09-26 10:53:41 -0600
  • eleanor watkin
    signed 2018-09-22 13:35:05 -0600
    Is anyone ready to rally the troups to push the NO OLYMPCS vote. Wake up Calgary. If we are the volunteering city we used to be there must be a multitude of people ready to volunteer for the NO cause. Why are we proposing to be hosts at all never mind the most disjointed olympics ever thought of?
  • Colveen Estrale
    signed via 2018-09-20 01:43:33 -0600
  • Ryan Anderson
    signed via 2018-09-13 20:04:15 -0600
    I do not wish to have my tax dollars wasted on a useless spectacle. Please use those tax dollars to be spent on the olympics towards something useful.
  • Jim Lambert
    signed via 2018-09-05 14:04:07 -0600
  • Ken Ranta
    signed 2018-08-08 19:56:02 -0600
  • Jacqueline Sparrow
    signed via 2018-07-11 07:28:50 -0600
  • Tracy Rand
    signed via 2018-07-10 07:13:42 -0600
    How can I get a paper Petition to have the seniors I work with sign that don’t have computers ?
  • Robert Rand
    signed 2018-07-09 11:07:58 -0600
    When and who is going to balance this astronomical mess that our elected leaders have put us in after they are gone with their massive pension for doing such a good job. We should take them out and give them damn good horse whipping . And no gold plated pension because that is what you get for doing a good job. They should go to prison.
  • Ronald Charles
    signed 2018-06-21 13:57:34 -0600
    Instead of adding another five hundred to the tax payers they, could have reduced the tax payers taxes by five hundred
  • Wayne Redecopp
    signed 2018-06-01 11:50:04 -0600
    Before a plebiscite is held we should know the “per Calgary taxpayer” (not per capita) cost of the best estimate (i.e. 4 billion or 6 billion etc) so we (individual taxpayers) can do a personal cost/benefit analysis. NOTE that, if funding total is divided (as suspected) 1/3 federal, 1/3 provincial & 1/3 municipal then a single Calgary taxpayer’s total would be the “per taxpayer” sum of all 3 levels. This is the number I would like to see prior to a vote.
  • Sean Phelan
    signed 2018-05-16 18:28:51 -0600
    Sean Phelan
  • Hal Hammerlindl
    signed 2018-05-16 17:36:11 -0600
    Hal Hammerlindl
  • Maria Binnion
    signed 2018-04-26 10:23:04 -0600
  • Michael Corey
    signed 2018-04-25 08:52:14 -0600
    Say no to the Olympics. Borrow to invest in infrastructure assets that we can all enjoy for a generation. Not for 10 days…
  • Gary Wagner
    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.
  • Elaine Proud
    signed 2018-04-18 10:57:00 -0600
  • Connie Trottier
    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 !!!!!