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Montreal Contemplates Bid For 2016 Summer Olympic Games

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Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay said Sunday the city is considering bidding for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, marking the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Montreal Summer Games which ran a massive deficit that won’t be paid off until next year.

Tremblay discussed his idea before making his remarks at the world aquatic championships’ closing ceremony Sunday.

When he was asked about the 2016 Games the Mayor said, “we’ll catch our breath first, but a lot of people ask questions like that. We’ll do a review (of the world championships), we’ll think about it and we’ll answer that question when the time comes. I don’t exclude anything”.

While taxpayers may not care for the idea, it appears that Canadian athletes like it.

The Mayor downplayed the deficit, explaining it represents less than one per cent of Montreal’s annual budget and that the city can pay it off with funds it sets aside for special events. Write or read comments about this article

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