Toronto: will poor will be left out of Olympic Bonanza? FWD

Tom Boland (
Sat, 18 Apr 1998 13:07:20 -0700 (PDT)
FWD  Associated Press - Canada News Briefs - Ap 17, 1999

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman took a swing at critics
of the city's second attempt at landing the Summer Olympics, dismissing
concerns the poor will be left out of any economic bonanza the Games might

The Canadian Olympic Association voted Friday at its annual congress in
Calgary to approve the $2.5-billion proposal and forward it to the
International Olympic Committee. Toronto, the
only Canadian city seeking the right to represent Canada, received 58 of a
possible 60 votes.

``This is going to get the Toronto economy going,'' said Lastman, sporting
one of the red poor-boy hats that were part of the Canadian Winter Olympics
athlete's wardrobe.

``In 1996 they were saying bread, no circuses. Well, today, after 1996 they
have no bread and they have no circuses.

``This is going to give them the jobs. Today there are more people on
welfare and who are homeless.''


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