Ref­er­en­dums not al­ways wise

Calgary Herald - - OPINION -

Re: Coun­cil of­fi­cially drives last nail into bid cof­fin, Nov. 20

The out­come of the re­cent Olympic ref­er­en­dum is very dis­ap­point­ing. The head­line of the Cal­gary Her­ald was: Cal­gar­i­ans vote NO to bid for Olympics 2026. The head­line should have been: Cal­gar­i­ans were un­de­cided on bid for Olympics 2026. About 170,000 peo­ple voted against (56 per cent of 300,000 votes).

How­ever, prob­a­bly 600,000 el­i­gi­ble Cal­gar­i­ans did not vote. Thus, 170,000 protest vot­ers forced their short-sighted vi­sion onto 730,000 Cal­gar­i­ans.

A ref­er­en­dum on this is­sue was not the best so­lu­tion for the sit­u­a­tion. After this ref­er­en­dum, Cal­gary will be left with a very un­sat­is­fy­ing sit­u­a­tion such as after the Brexit vote, where 37 per cent of the Bri­tish peo­ple forced their opin­ion on 63 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion. Mayor Nen­shi could have ig­nored this vote and have con­tin­ued with the bid. All of Al­berta will suf­fer eco­nom­i­cally from his un­for­tu­nate de­ci­sion.

Willem Langenberg, Ed­mon­ton

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