Editorial: We’re saying No to 2026 Olympics

Yes. No. Maybe.

We’ve been through all the stages of Olympic support.

We have listened to the boosters, the detractors and the experts.

We have asked questions, questioned some answers and answered our own readers’ queries to the best of our knowledge.

We remember 1988 fondly but understand that was a special moment in time that will never be recaptured. Trying to recreate magical memories is a mug’s game.

Times change, people change and Calgary has very much changed since those simpler days.

We also have a city and province still in economic crisis, as pointed out every single day by our readers, the majority of whom have made it abundantly clear they do not support an Olympic bid.

The oilpatch, the economic engine of our beautiful city, has been taking a relentless beating and there’s no indication it, and its workforce, will ever bounce back to where it was.

We have little to no faith in the provincial and federal governments that have allowed this to happen and continue to bumble along on the energy file.

And oddly, those same governments have shown such little enthusiasm as partners in this 2026 Olympic Winter Games bid process.

Throw in our dysfunctional city council and it’s an unpopular trio generously supporting this overly contentious bid with your tax money.

Council itself will shoulder much of the blame for the divisiveness and lack of overwhelming public support for this bid and that’s something they should think about every single time they get the urge to go behind closed doors.

Calgarians have clearly had enough of the secrecy and the bullying.

While there’s no doubt the city would benefit from the international attention, we do not believe it is the touted panacea and will come anywhere close to healing what ails us.

To those who keep beating the “world-class” city drums, we say give the inferiority complex a rest.

We are on the world map already. Aside from being an Olympic host city, we are also proudly home to the Calgary Stampede and the gateway to beautiful Banff and the Rockies.

Our fellow Olympic Winter Games hosts should be so lucky: San Moritz, Oslo, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Squaw Valley, Innsbruck, Grenoble, Sapporo, Innsbruck, Lake Placid, Sarajevo, Albertville, Lillehammer, Norway, et al.

Not one them, including Calgary, will ever be confused with London, Paris, New York, Rio, Rome, Moscow, Los Angeles, etc.

And that’s perfectly OK.

We love Calgary and want nothing but the absolute best for our city and its residents.

But right now, right here, we’re saying No.

Let’s get our house in order and dream again when the time is right for all.

What you say is entirely up to you, of course, but please get out and have that say Tuesday.

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