The path for British Columbia to host another Winter Olympics remains uncertain as the city has expressed concern about its feasibility.
Both Whistler and the Vancouver City Council will meet to discuss the tight schedule and lack of financial details associated with the Canadian Olympic Committee’s bid proposals.
According to a report released by the Vancouver City Manager, the proposed bid timeline is “unachievable.”
“To assess the potential benefits, costs and risks to the city and to have staff do the work necessary to negotiate the necessary legal agreements by the December 2022 (Canadian Olympic Committee) deadline. The staff’s view is that they don’t have enough time. “
“There is ample time for funding partners to complete the cost-benefit analysis of the 2030 project,” the Commission said in a statement.
Earlier this month, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced that it would total up to $ 4 billion in estimated hosting costs for a combination of public and private funding. The statement does not rule out 2030 contributions, but warns that it should not be assumed.
Vancouver Coun. Colleen Hardwick said he intends to regain a motion to Congress proposing to add bids to ballots in the October city elections.
“A report to the city council reveals that there is a $ 4 billion proposal for the 2030 Winter Olympics, which is full of danger signals,” Hardwick said in a statement on Monday.
She said the lack of financial commitment from the federal and state governments meant “a huge debt for taxpayers.”
“Vancouver people are being asked to sign a very large blank check that could mean a significant tax increase, without saying anything about whether to continue. 2030 bids are supporters. If it’s as impressive as it sounds, come in front of voters and see how they feel about it, “says Hardwick.
Tricia Smith, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee, said in a statement that the experience gained at the 2010 Vancouver and Whistler Olympics would help provide a blueprint for the organizers.
“We appreciate and appreciate the concerns raised by Vancouver’s local government officials. This report highlights the need to efficiently work with the work currently needed to meet national and international timelines. I believe it is emphasized, “she said.
A report submitted to the Whistler Council on Tuesday suggests that the mayor will send a letter to the state and federal governments asking them to clarify their financial support if the bid is successful.
Smith is pleased that support from all partners is essential to the success of the project and that the Commission has received “five important endorsements” so far.
According to the statement, this includes Squamish, Trail Wartus and Maskean First Nations in particular.
Lilwat Nation, who has not yet officially approved the project, will also discuss bidding on Tuesday.
By Brieanna Charlebois