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Poll suggests nearly half of Calgarians are voting 'no' in Olympic plebiscite

Last Updated Nov 12, 2018 at 3:40 pm MST

A young girl learns to skate on the ice at the 1988 Calgary Olympic Plaza on a warm day in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. A Calgary city councillor is expected to introduce a motion today that asks council to kill the city's potential bid to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games over ongoing concerns about funding.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
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Poll: 49% say no, 39% say yes, 10% undecided

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A new poll from Mainstreet Research finds that almost half of decided voters are voting ‘no’ in the Olympic plebiscite.

Calgarians go to the polls Tuesday to vote on whether the city should or should not continue with a bid to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Results from the poll, conducted in the early days of November, find 49 per cent of voters are opposed to the games, 39 per cent are for the games, and 10 per cent were still undecided.

More than 50,000 people cast a ballot in advance polls last week. Polling stations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and results are expected around 10 p.m.

Meantime both sides of the debate have just hours left to get their messages out before the vote and they’re doing a final push to inform voters. Jason Ribeiro with Yes Calgary 2026 says hosting the Olympics is a fundamental opportunity for Calgary and its sports facilities.

READ MORE: #Calgary2026: ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ sides face off in CityNews debate

“This is not just one facility, this is about 11 facilities–eight that are within Calgary that are going to be renewed that allow us to reinvest in sport and recreation particularly as our population is growing and trending younger and we’re almost short two facilities,” he said.

“We do need a world-class feildhouse in the city.” Ribeiro says there is momentum with the yes vote and the deal struck in the 11th hour is a good one. “It’s an incredible opportunity nation build and also address some of the shortcomings.. how can we be more inclusive?”

On the ‘no’ side is Franco Terrazzano with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

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“Every level of government right now is broke, we do now have money for this,” he told 660 NEWS.

“There are other priorities that we don’t even have money to be funding so we definitely don’t have money to be funding the Olympics. This whole thing is going to cost a whole tonne of money. We can’t afford this in the imaginary best-case scenario and we definitely can’t afford this when the inevitable cost overruns happen.”

Terrazzano also says the Olympics are not a way to grow and promote the economy.

If there’s one thing both sides agree on, it’s that Calgarians deserve a say. Click here for everything you need to know to vote.

-with files from Tanya Blakney, Devon McKendrick