You can't use Montreal as an example. Just because something happens in one place, doesn't mean it will happen in another and there's absolutely no reason to assume an event in 2024 will have the same result as an event almost 50 years earlier. If anything, you can argue that Montreal is a lesson for what not to do.Olympics in Toronto?
Can someone refresh my memory on how long it took Montreal to pay off their olympic stint? 30 years? Olympic Stadium is now empty as well, thanks Expos.
It's one thing for a Canadian city which is located next to a mountain to host the winter games, but a city like Toronto, and a country like Canada (whose athletes performance during a summer olympics would be less successful than during the winter) should not be hosting these events.
Perhaps one day in the future after we slowly build up our budget and facilities, which in turn will enhance Canadian athletic performance, we can then think about bringing the olympics here. But a crash spending program is not the answer, especially if the price tag is a mountain of debt at a time when we can barely get the political will to upgrade our infrastructure.
Lets see how Canada is doing in 2030, we can revisit the question then.
Also, I don't see what athletic performance has to do with anything. I'm not sure you can predict what Canada's Olympic team would do in 2024 considering much of it's team would consist of people who at their oldest are in their mid-teenage years right now, and some of which might not even be in grade 1 yet (and in the case of gymnasts, would only just be toddlers right now). Furthermore, as we saw with the Own the Podium program, money invested in our athletes does lead to results. A similar program heavily geared towards summer athletes wouldn't vault us to the top of the medal standings, but we'd be as respectable or better than Greece's 15th place showing in 2004, which for a country of our size would be decent.