When is a Sure or No query as clear as mud?
When it’s the Calgary 2026 Winter Olympics plebiscite, apparently.
Regardless of metropolis council staying within the recreation and permitting Calgary 2026 to proceed with getting ready a bid pending the Nov. 13 city-wide, non-binding plebiscite, residents nonetheless don’t know what the precise outcomes will imply.
Bear in mind, it was the province that insisted the town ‘have interaction’ and ballot Calgarians earlier than committing to some preliminary funding, which, after all, is cash belonging to all Alberta taxpayers.
Seems the province doesn’t know, or gained’t say, what the magic quantity could be, both for or in opposition to following by on the bid.
“I hope that we get a transparent choice a technique or one other, as a result of it will make the ultimate choice quite a bit simpler to make,” Minister of Tradition and Tourism Ricardo Miranda advised Postmedia’s Meghan Potkins on Wednesday.
“Having stated that, we’ll respect no matter numbers come out and we’ll work with these.”
“I don’t need to make any assertion by way of what I’d contemplate the magical quantity, as a result of there isn’t one,” continued Miranda.
So what precisely is the purpose then?
Why undergo this expensive course of when the objective posts could be shifted at will by whoever is asking the ultimate photographs with a probable bias come what may?
The premier tries to clear issues up on Thursday, saying whoever has extra votes wins — the textbook definition of a majority.
However as Mount Royal College political scientist Duane Bratt factors out, a slim margin of victory decided by a minority of eligible voters as a consequence of poor voter turnout is hardly definitive and could be broad open to protest.
Would a poor turnout on the polls be seen as a shoulder-shrugging acceptance of the Video games bid or absolute apathy and disinterest?
Will depend on who’s doing the spinning.
Even some councillors aren’t positive what the plebiscite will imply, with Coun. Peter Demong going so far as to say he’s solely listening to voters in his personal ward relatively than Calgarians at massive.
A lot for the massive image at metropolis corridor.
And given the preliminary response to the bid company’s large reveal on Tuesday, the plan stays extraordinarily fluid.
Will voters know if a major-league area will likely be constructed into the bid, as has been prompt? That will positively drive voting, each for and in opposition to a bid.
Will curling be held in Edmonton, as has been more and more speculated? That wouldn’t assist the Sure facet on the poll field.
Are Canmore and Whistler — and maybe Edmonton — chipping in on the prices? If not, why not?
Questions, questions and extra questions.
So when the most important query has been requested and answered Nov. 13, will it’s a crystal clear outcome or simply left to council’s interpretation?
Within the curiosity of transparency and all that, Calgarians have to know, sooner relatively than later.