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Province may be signalling support for Calgary Olympic bid

Province may be signalling support for Calgary Olympic bid
From CBC - December 7, 2017

The provincial government might be preparing to pitch in on a prospective Calgary bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Premier Rachel Notley said deputy premier Sarah Hoffman and tourism minister Ricardo Miranda will join Calgary's delegation to observe the Olympics in Pyeongchang in February.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he has not yet received a formal response from the provincial government that it's willing to help fund a 2026 Olympic bid committee.

The city is hoping for about $10 million from both the federal and provincial governments.

But the mayor feels that two ministers being tentatively booked to go to South Korea could be a sign.

"Strong signal"

"I would imagine that that's a pretty strong signal that if they want to observe, that they are willing to fund their costs of the bid committee," said Nenshi.

Calgary city council passed a motion last month to contribute another $1 million to the city's work ahead of a possible Olympic bid.

It's estimated submitting a bid to the International Olympic Committee could cost $30 million.

Council voted to call on the mayor to ask the federal and provincial governments to share the cost of a bid committee before allowing any more city money to be spent on the Olympic efforts.

Mayor likely to be part of delegation

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