Notley sounds cautious note about backing a potential Calgary Olympic bid

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Premier Rachel Notley says her NDP government needs to know if there would be real benefits for Canadans before deciding whether to support a potential Calgary bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Earlier this week, Calgary city council approved allocating a further $1 million toward exploring an Olympic bid, with an additional $1 million contingent on the provincial and federal governments quickly coming on board.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Monday the decision to go after the Games will require the approval of three levels of government, with the city needing a decision from Edmonton and Ottawa by the end of the year.

Notley, who spoke at the Canada Urban Municipalities Association annual convention Thursday, told reporters she hadn’t yet had a chance to “go through the pros and cons on the matter.”

“What we’re planning on doing is reviewing all the information on it,” the premier said at the Telus Convention Centre.

“There’s a lot of documentation and a lot of conflicting opinion, and I think that we owe it to taxpayers to think very hard about the economic benefits, to make sure they are significant and real.”

Notley said she is in regular talks with Nenshi, who on Thursday met with officials from the Canadian Olympic Committee. The mayor’s office declined to comment on Notley’s remarks.

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