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
Would this letter writer put forth the same argument if the Yes side had won? I don't think so. Hypocrite. .
Patricia Pitsel -
Oh boo hoo! First, you don’t have a vote on a Calgary issue. Second, we elect politicians with less than 50% of eligible voters exercising their franchise. Third, it sounds as if you wouldn’t like any outcome that differs from your opinion no matter how it was calculated.
Lord of Truth -
Willem you need to understand that the non voters are morons and have no power, no say and just have to do what the real voters tell them. If you don't vote good, that means my vote has way more power and influence, and to tell you the truth, I don't want those kind of people to vote anyway, if they can't even bother to vote they should just move to Russia or China, that is their kind of place, a democracy it too good for them.
Lord of Truth: I couldn't agree more. It is our responsiblity to learn the facts, the position of both sides. Then you vote on which platform you agree with. But it is responsibility!!!!
I’m pretty sure we all wish you didn’t vote either Lard.
Oldbanjo has the answer! The people who cared voted.
Michael Sean Poland -
Faulty logic, Willem. If you don't vote, it cannot be counted [and neither, really, can your opinion]. Your Brexit analysis is breath-taking in its mistaken reasoning.
This should never have gone to a referendum, they did because council and mayor were scared to make a decision on they're own. The No vote was was made by people with no dreams of the future. Well maybe we can build another homeless shelter.
Michael Sean Poland -
justjim: .... what we enjoyed was a plebiscite, rather a different thing.
justjim: With this kind of spending, this should always go to a plebiscite. They did is because the provincial government required them to hold a plebiscite. The No vote was made by people with no **nightmares** of the future. .
Apparently Willem doesn’t believe in democracy. Fitting that he lives in redmonton.
Nenshi only got 199,000 votes in the last election. No councillor got more than 25,000 votes. And Willem thinks that gives them a mandate to ignore a plebiscite vote. Hardly.
I'm pretty sure Willem, had the vote been yes with the very same numbers that voted and those who voted yes and no were reversed you'd be dancing in the street. Just because you don't like the outcome doesn't give you the rite to bitch.
The writer should try and build a pipeline in this DF Country. Then they can understand what frustration really looks like.
Let's just allow a small elitist group of government hangers-on make all the decisions for us.
Willem, not sure you have a firm grasp on how democracy works in Canada
That is the trouble with democracy, and it is getting worse. In every democratically run country election, some people are going to be disappointed. More and more, the losers are not accepting the results and screaming their heads off, or resorting to cheating to win. If the writer of this letter is one of these, I suggest he move to China, or closer, Venezuela.