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

Rebecca Van Sant
Ken Brandick
Andrew Newson
Patricia Yersel
Connie Orbeck
Karen Donham
Ralph Clark
Mario Forcinito
Noel Rabey
John Lawrence
Glenn Moss
Patricia Pitsel
Peter Breedveld
Ian Macleod
Darryl Collister
Denise Lagace
Cory Van Gelder
Murray Dinsmore
Charles Oseen
Jackie Nodwell
Gordon Jeffery
Judy Darcy
Graham Boone
James Corner
Alex Carruthers
Bruce Brander
Leonie Turko
Brian Bowerman
Ken Palmer
Dl Dennis
483 signatures

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Showing 66 reactions

  • 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.
  • Ken Brandick
    signed 2018-04-02 16:01:30 -0600
  • Andrew Newson
    signed 2018-04-01 11:43:47 -0600
    Andrew C Newson
  • Patricia Yersel
    signed 2018-03-31 19:16:23 -0600
  • Connie Orbeck
    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.
  • Karen Donham
    signed 2018-03-29 19:57:56 -0600
    No no no to the Olympic bid. Druh Farrell make time to ask the Citizens of Calgary for a vote. Don’t condemn Calgary to even more taxes to pay for an unnecessary event.
  • Ralph Clark
    signed 2018-03-29 17:05:57 -0600
  • Mario Forcinito
    signed 2018-03-29 08:16:17 -0600
  • Noel Rabey
    signed 2018-03-28 10:05:47 -0600
    I am a native Calgarian. Calgary’s economy is in the worst shape I have ever seen. This is no time to be spending crazy amounts of money on holding the Olympic’s here. We were in much better shape financially and the public and business was strongly behind the 1988 bid.

    Not so now.

    Please put some democracy back in our city government and hold a plebiscite.
  • John Lawrence
    signed 2018-03-28 09:33:50 -0600
  • Glenn Moss
    signed 2018-03-27 20:16:45 -0600
    I don’t want to waste money on a Plebiscite, but if that’s the only way to avoid getting into bed with the crooks at the IOC then I’m in favour.

    I vote NO for Olympics in Calgary
  • Patricia Pitsel
    signed 2018-03-27 17:25:37 -0600
  • Peter Breedveld
    signed 2018-03-27 16:33:29 -0600
  • Ian Macleod
    signed 2018-03-27 16:14:28 -0600
    Ian Macleod
  • Darryl Collister
    signed 2018-03-27 13:31:16 -0600
  • Denise Lagace
    signed 2018-03-26 09:50:17 -0600
    Denise Lagace
  • Cory Van Gelder
    signed 2018-03-24 16:45:41 -0600
    Cory Van Gelder
  • Murray Dinsmore
    signed 2018-03-24 11:03:14 -0600
    I do not agree with the City of Calgary pursuing an Olympic bid at this time. How about city council focus their efforts on learning how to charge for the black, blue and green bins, fix the potholes, reduce “arts funding” for infrastructure, etc, etc… With the massive debts incurred by all levels of government there are simply not the funds available to bid at this time. Let the TAXPAYERS have their vote on this issue.
  • Charles Oseen
    signed 2018-03-22 10:41:24 -0600
    Agree, just an ego builder for the #1 puke.
  • Jackie Nodwell
    signed 2018-03-21 22:24:34 -0600
  • Gordon Jeffery
    signed 2018-03-21 21:36:43 -0600
  • Judy Darcy
    signed 2018-03-21 21:13:39 -0600
    Judy Darcy
  • Graham Boone
    signed 2018-03-21 20:27:52 -0600
    With the Federal, Provincial and City all in debt up to their ears there cannot be any justification to spend billions on a two week party.
  • James Corner
    signed 2018-03-21 20:00:23 -0600
  • Alex Carruthers
    signed 2018-03-21 19:59:20 -0600
  • Bruce Brander
    signed 2018-03-21 15:45:18 -0600
  • Leonie Turko
    signed 2018-03-21 15:05:36 -0600
    Daryl Turko
  • Brian Bowerman
    signed 2018-03-21 14:37:05 -0600
  • Ken Palmer
    signed 2018-03-21 11:44:33 -0600
  • Dl Dennis
    signed via 2018-03-21 11:33:48 -0600
    This huge expenditure should not even be considered after years of poor fiscal management by the city and all other levels of government.