Lack of communication could kill Calgary’s Olympic bid.

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The 2026 Olympic bid is on the rocks again, and the main reason? Lack of transparency.

A city council committee agreed on Tuesday, that a vote is needed to on whether or not to invest anymore into the Olympic bid. A large concern of many Councillors is Calgarians are being left in the dark.

The city has decided to form a subcommittee, tasked with public outreach. The biggest concern here is the fact that the subcommittee is composed of all people that stand to benefit from the Olympics. For some members of council, this just doesn’t sit right.

“Well i think we should be concerned with the level of transparency, because if the public doesn’t know and doesn’t have the information which i was advocating for, how can you make a decision?”

Ward 5 Councillor George Chahal, had the attention of Councillors, saying that citizens should know more than they do. Others may not share the same perspective, but it seems like unless the Councillors and the public can start seeing eye to eye, this bid could die real quick.


Jake Foster