Dear Mayor Nenshi and City Councillors,
The Green Party of Alberta notes that whether to proceed with a bid for the 2026 Olympics is once again on Calgary City Council’s agenda. In this context, I want to bring to your attention a motion recently adopted by Green Party of Alberta members which states our view that a bid should not go forward:
- Whereas there are more cost-effective ways to foster healthy physical activity and promote international community building; and
- Whereas the admirable ideals of the Olympics movement have been undermined by years of corruption, excessive spending, catering to elites, abuse of the disadvantaged and overall arrogance;
The Green Party of Alberta opposes the expenditure of public funds and other public resources on hosting the Winter Olympic Games in 2026.
The Green Party of Alberta urges you to vote against any further efforts to mount such a bid. There is a host of other matters on which your time and Calgarians’ and Albertans’ taxes would be better spent – getting the Green LRT line built, the provision of much more affordable housing, ending urban sprawl and bringing sanity to decision-making around secondary suites, just to name a few.
The aura of corruption and entitlement that surrounds the Olympics as they are operated today is both unsavoury and unbecoming politicians that take themselves seriously as ethical leaders. Alberta Greens encourage you to drop the idea of making an Olympics bid.
Romy S. Tittel
Leader of the Green Party of Alberta