Given that the impact on the economy may be as high as 1 billion Canadian dollars, supporters of Quebec’s bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympics had to admit on Thursday morning that Vancouver is currently one step ahead of the country.
Mr. Charest said that COC only follows the “normal course of its mission.” He reiterated that the City of Vancouver has not “officially” participated in the competition. He was obviously annoyed, but regretted “the negative response of the Canadian Olympic Committee to the mayor of Quebec”, “this will never happen.”
In about thirty minutes, Mr. Charest and several members of the business community as well as Olympic athletes Kim Lamarre (freestyle skiing), Charles Hamelin (speed skating) and Mikaël Kingsbury (tycoon) explained the advantages and potential spin-offs of Quebec.
Jean-Philippe Bonneau, President of Ambicio, was pleased with the recent snowfall, and he happily recalled that Quebec was “the snow capital of the world”.
Based on the past experience of Vancouver (2010 Olympics) and Calgary (candidates for the 2026 Olympics), the Quebec 2030 Committee calculated that the cost of organizing the Quebec Olympics was 5 billion Canadian dollars, of which less than 10% came from the provincial and federal governments.
However, the team hopes that given the new positioning of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the amount can be lowered, which will provide the host city with greater flexibility and aim to organize cheaper and more transparent games. She predicts that it will inject $1 billion into the region’s economy.
Obviously, supporters of Quebec City’s 2030 election candidates will have to fight to persuade governments at all levels. The mayor of Quebec City has repeatedly stated that he is opposed to this project. On Thursday morning, Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault also stated that this was not in her government plan.
Mr. Chalester admitted, but time is running out. He said: “Ideally, we should align the flute with the city hall at the end of summer or fall in order to enter the pre-application or application mode.” In principle, the application must be formally submitted before the spring of 2023.
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