Public figures must stand and BE counted
At what point does healthy debate cross the line to become deliberate misinformation and negligence of duty?
It is one thing for citizens to be uninformed before making a decision; it is another for elected officials and leaders to choose to be uninformed or accept new information due to entrenched biases. These public figures have a responsibility to represent and inform constituents to ensure decisions are made that will benefit those constituents.
Multiple studies and analyses have been published since funding figures have been released. Virtually all conclude there is an overwhelming benefit to be gained. Calgary BidCo and Canada West Foundation have published their information in formats that are both very readable by the public.
The fact that some leaders continue to promote false information is inappropriate. Councillor Sean Chu tweeted out “if you don’t know, vote no.” Another stated in a TV interview that “all they’ve got is nostalgia from the ’88 games.” With all of the objective, carefully analyzed and readily available information she has access to, that is not only incorrect but wilfully irresponsible.
The Olympics have huge potential for economic and social benefits now and for decades to come. This plebiscite is not a political election where personal attacks and misinformation should be tolerated or encouraged.
We have no right to miss this opportunity because of cynical people more focused on obstructing progress with what if ’s than on rolling up their sleeves. Calgarians deserve better.
It is time for our public figures to be held accountable and to have the courage and integrity to stand up and support Calgary 2026 and the essence of Calgary itself.
Deb Thon, Calgary
What about the moral issue of aligning ourselves with the IOC, and further enriching that organization? Payoffs, vote-buying, bribery, Salt Lake City, construction contract irregularities, Black Tidings, Russia’s WADA reinstatement, etc. Allan Maslen