Hamilton council to hear from group behind 2026 Commonwealth Games bid

Hamilton councillors will hear a pitch from the group spearheading a bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

The games were initially pitched for 2030, marking the 100 years of the event which was first held in Hamilton.

But now the group behind the bid is pushing 2026.

At Monday’s general issues committee meeting, councillors approved a motion to get more information next month.

The city has to make a decision about a bid by September.

Several councillors questioned the idea of spending money on a bid amid the uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

Coun. Brad Clark expressed his reservations noting that no other countries or Canadian city is seeking a bid for these games.

Other councillors talked about the games kick-starting the economy with new projects and potentially new housing.

Monday’s debate could be a sign of what’s to come at next month’s discussion.

The motion was carried with 11 in favour and five against.

 

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