JANET BAVELAS ON OLYMPICS POLITICIANS: ‘The party is a moment of glory primarily for those with the power to spend our money’

An editorial on Feb. 19 closed by emphasizing that the “the people of British Columbia have worked and sacrificed for a decade to make this event a success.

“They are entitled to their moment of glory.”

The vast majority of British Columbians had no voice in whether they would agree to work and sacrifice for these Games.

We did not choose to bear their cost, which must be viewed in the context of losing important provincial services.

Nor did we agree to the negative impact on local businesses or the extreme constraints of security. 

We will be working and sacrificing  for at least another decade or so to pay for these Games, again without ever having agreed to do so.

Somehow a questionable accounting logic separates the ballooning Olympic costs from the cuts that affect vulnerable individuals across the province.

These cuts are blamed entirely on the economic downturn, not on the Olympic party for which we may never know the full cost.

The athletes whom we admire could have had their moment of glory without the party.

The party is a moment of glory primarily for those with the power to spend our money.

Our own moment of glory will leave a burden, not a legacy.

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