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Bell: Calgary's Olympic bid dies with a whimper

9 20 25

City council is unusually quiet Monday.

“It’s time now, council, to accept the will of the people,” says Nenshi.

But it doesn’t take the mayor long to guide us on another trip of his Olympic fantasyland.

Once again, Nenshi says observers think Calgary’s bid was the most transparent bid in Olympic history.

If that is true it says more about the Olympics than about Calgary’s bid, which was a dog’s breakfast, and that’s insulting to dogs and dog food.

Nenshi continues.

“I’m very proud this was truly a community-driven and community-built bid,” he says.

Of course it wasn’t, unless your idea of the community was a collection of the most well-heeled polls in the city.

The mayor is also proud Calgarians got to decide the Olympic bid’s fate.

Again. City council didn’t push for a plebiscite. The Notley government did.

Nenshi says it’s not true Calgary puts all its eggs in the Olympic basket.

Well, we were told repeatedly by the Olympic bid crowd how the Olympics was Calgary’s best hope to turn around the economy, a view debunked by economists.

Nenshi lays it on thick.

The mayor says Calgary was named the best city........

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