With the Pan Am Games at a close, Toronto now has to decide whether or not to submit a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.
“Do you support or oppose Toronto making a bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games?”
Not Sure: 9%
±4.00%, 19 times out of 20
Interactive voice response telephone survey
NOTES: A poll published yesterday by Forum Research shows that a majority of Torontonians approve of a potential bid for the city to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Among 755 respondents, 61 per cent approve the notion, 30 per cent disapprove, and 9 per cent are unsure or undecided.
The poll comes one day after the Pan Am Games closing ceremonies and a non-answer by Mayor John Tory on the subject.
“I just think today is not the day to answer that question. We should let things subside,” said Tory in an interview. “We’ve got to make sure we execute the Parapan Games as well as we did the Pan Am Games.”
But the time to think about an Olympic bid is now. With the September 15 deadline to submit bid cities fast approaching, many are fearful that Toronto will miss its chance to host the games. Having previously submitted applications to host the Olympics in the past, if a bid does indeed get pushed through, the 2024 games will represent Toronto’s sixth time vying for a chance to host the event (1960, 1964, 1976, 1996, and 2008).
NDP leader Tom Mulcair expressed cautious optimism about the bid, stating, “Having seen the fantastic success of the Pan Am Games, I’m optimistic that Toronto would be able to put together a bid for the 2024 Olympics. I think it has to be costed very carefully, having seen what’s happened in the cases of other Olympics in the past.”
North America has not hosted the Summer Olympics since 1996, which may give it an advantage as the International Olympic Committee likes to see host cities rotate in different parts of the world. Yesterday Boston dropped its bid to host the 2024 games after local opposition made it politically toxic. Los Angeles, which has hosted the Summer Olympics twice before, may take Boston’s place as a U.S. bid city.