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Council to hold vote Monday to gauge support for exploration of 2026 Olympic bid

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WATCH: In a meeting that was supposed to be about public input on the Olympics, city council decided it will look at pulling the plug on the Games altogether. Lauren Pullen reports – Apr 10, 2018

Calgary city council will vote Monday on whether it wants to continue exploring a potential 2026 Olympic bid.

Priorities and Finance committee members voted 9-1 in favour of the vote on Tuesday, which was put forward by Councillor Druh Farrell.

The last time council voted on a potential bid, the outcome was 8-6 in favour of continuing the bid exploration process. However, Councillors Ward Sutherland and Diane Colley-Urquhart have since indicated they may change their vote. That would tip the scales against an Olympic bid.

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Committee members had intended to debate what public engagement on the topic should look like but the conversation was dominated by questions of bias and neutrality.

It culminated with a fiery exchange between Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Councillor Sean Chu, as they battled over a potential plebiscite.

WATCH: Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Councillor Sean Chu get into a heated discussion during debate on the possibility of a 2026 Winter Olympic bid.

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Point of order: Mayor Nenshi and Sean Chu engage in heated debate during Olympic discussions – Apr 10, 2018

The mayor contended that Chu isn’t interested in hearing from the public, but just wants to kill an Olympic bid.

“Under one minute ago, you literally said ‘I just want to kill this,’ he said.

“Thank you very much for your answer. In the future, maybe I shouldn’t ask you,” Chu shot back.

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Calgary Economic Development CEO Mary Moran, who is currently overseeing an advisory committee that will organize the public engagement process, said the goal is to have it be transparent, independent and robust.

She disputed claims from some council members that the advisory committee is made up of too many Olympic boosters.

“There’s as many people that are sceptics as there are potentially promoters,” she said.

But I haven’t spoken out about it, nor have many of my other colleagues that are on that (committee) and I would just say, we remain undecided because we don’t think we have enough information to make a decision.”

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WATCH: Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenhis and Councillor Jeremy Farkas caused a rukus Tuesday as council debated a possible bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

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Point of order: Mayor Nenshi and Jeremy Farkas trade barbs at Olympic discussion – Apr 10, 2018

Councillor Jeromy Farkas had sought public input at the committee meeting, but that was defeated in a 9-3 vote.

-With files from 770 CHQR’s Aurelio Perri

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