Calgary, the 1988 Winter Olympics host, is one of seven cities showing interest in bidding for the 2026 Games.
The International Olympic Committee will vote on the host city in September 2019.
Last week, city council voted 9-6 against abandoning the bid. Now debate shifts to a plebiscite.
On this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast, host Bob Mackin interviews guest Tom Sindlinger of No Calgary Olympics.
Sindlinger says there must be a plebiscite, to let the people decide whether to back the bid. But it should be open to all Albertans, not just Calgarians.
The economist and former member of Alberta’s legislature loves the Olympics, but not the five-ring circus’s massive public spending and debt. He points to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics as a cautionary tale: the British Columbia auditor general never did a final report and organizing committee board minutes and financial documents are out of the public’s reach until 2025.
Sindlinger also offers his take on Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s threat to use taxpayers’ money to buy a stake in the stalled Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
All that, plus regular commentaries and a look at news headlines in Cascadia and around the Pacific Rim.
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