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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Drapeau pursues his Olympic Games dream -Wedneidoy, Jnnuor? 31, 1973 THf LETHBHIDGE HBtALD 27 Bv JOSEPH MacSWEEN MONTREAL (CP) Tlie story of thp Montreal J976 Olympics begins in tha fertile and determined mind of Mayor Jean Drapeau. In two years before Expo Mor.rreal city council voted unanimously to back the mayor's bid for the Summer "Olympics. The federal and Quebec govern- ments. and Ihe Canadian Olym- pic Committee. added their sup- port within six v.-eeks. In May 1965, the International Olympic HOC) picked Munich for 1972 but Montreal was reported a c-ose second in the cf Madrid and and Mayor Drapeau lifted Ms sights to the 1976 Games. On Sept. 18. Olympic Day ft Expo Mr. Drapeau visited the Olympic pavilion at the world expo5ition and for- maily renewed his campaign. He presented a letter to James Worrall of Toronto. Canadian representative on tie IOC. en- tering Montreal on the list for the 21st Olympiad. when Expo 67 attracted 50 mil- lion visitors and became the biggest world fair in history, that Mr. Drapeau articulated a sort of credo about the place of Montreal in Canada and the world. He declared: "History and gecgTEphy con- fer upon force upon challenging mission of being a mirror of Canada: a link between cul- religions and traditions: a crimes? of the past ar.d a pre- cursor of a more magnificent future In 1959 Montreal Expos brought major-league baseball MAYOR DRAPEAU snpcr salesman the de- elopment of Olympic tal- ert. Games boosters say ama- I teur sport throughout Canada 'has already benefited im- i mensely in money and atten- lion. Tt.e organizers see. indeed, a new dav for the Olympic move- ment itself in the Canadian drive to stage Games of i tainable by countries of am- iust the wealthy ones. They also predict a turn in on detail1; of financial plans for the Olympics has apparently been lifted'. Criticism has been wide- spread ever since Mr. D-Epeau dropped a veil over Olympic preparations in 3971. Even Prime Minister Trudeau. ques- Honed bv a reporter on Parlia- ment Hill a yerr aco. com- mented. "You smell a rat and Gerrv Snyder, vice-chairman of so city'council's executive com-! Mr- Tnraesu reflected the mi'tlee. now rice-president of fi- susrccion that tne .eneral gov- narce for the Olympic Com-'- ernment would somehow be mittee caught for costs despite Sir. But the Drapeau admiais-' Drapeau's repeated assurances (ration came under incressine "15t Olympics would not criticism in the let-down years i cos' taxpayers "oae extra following Expo, whose financial renl- deficit was absorbed by the fed- i Jean Drapeau. the showman, era! government. Some citizens has aopeared only rarely in the asailed Mr. Drapeau's decisi-; last few years, race to give a sion to establish Man and His virtuoso bilingual performance World as a permanent summer before an international audience fair on the site of Expo and April 6. 1972. he cared more (or gran- He t hen revealed a breath- deirr than the poor. taking concept for an Olympic The mayor never faltered, j stadium, a 70.000-seat structure however, i-i the pursuit of with a 600-foot mast to support eodunne dream. He made two i a retractable membrane cover, trips to'Europe early in 19S9 to i But be gave only a genera! see backing for the Olympic outline of financing plans and bid. armed" with support from j pleaded with journalists to stop the federal and provincial gov- emphasizing cost and get into emments. Olympic fsiriL TRUDEAl' APPROVES He declared in En interview: Prime Minister Pierre; "I have said that there should Tnxieau said in a May 21. 1969. not be any special grants, or letter to Avery BrundEge. then special tax money paid by the president of Lhe IOC: of Canada or the dti- government of Canada rens of Montreal to pay for the warmly supports the application Ohiupics. of the Mor.treal for the "I have said that the Olym- hcnor o: beine host to the 197o pic? would not one cent Summer Olvrnpic Games. nor? ihsa what the citizens of ''I therefo-e offer you a Canada. Quebec or Montreal hearty welcome and extend to would have had to pay even all. who are associated with the without ihe Olympics." Olympic Games, a cordial in-1 .After 11 Israeli athletes were vitation to visit us in 1976.'' slain by Palestinian terrorists On May 31. 1959. Mr. Drapeau at Munich. Mr. Drapeau said it and a five-man delegation made wculd be a surrender to barbar- the first official submission for ism to cancel the Montreal the Games a; a meeting in Lsu- Games, sarae. Switzerland. i Alter Colorado voters Jailed-i Jean Drapeau. the one-time '.he Denver Winter Olympics. (inud schoolboy and late: Mr. Drapeau rejected proposals crime-buster, ioay weil have for a referendum here on (he reached his apogee as sales- grounds that the two past mu- man-ambassacor in mid-May nicipal elections constituted 1970 when he. woe the Olympics double endorsement and, any- for Montreal, i way, it was too late now. Gl'ARANTEE DEMANDED j TENSIONS RISE After sb: years of spadework I But tensions came to a cre- on three continents, Mr. Drap- j scendo in the last two weeks as eau and his aides were battling the federal government with- Moscow.and Los Angeles before held approval of the Olympic the IOC in Amsterdam. The budget while the deadline ap- IOC suddenly demanded a fi- preached to submit the propos- guarantee. This was not als to the IOC in Lausanne Sat- recarr'-xi as insurmountable for urday. Mis, i and Los .-Vnceles. but The Quebec ccvei-nment an- cveryone knew Montreal went nounced Sunday it wij guaran- million in the red in Lhe latl tee UD to S10 million any deficit fiscal year. Drapeau went m ui the million budget. Lhe attack: which requires action by Ihe "The history of Montreal i? federal government in that it in- our guarantee." he told the volves lotteries and sale of com- comminee. "It is a history of memcrative coins and stamps. nwe'inc and beating challenges. The federal government ques- That is ftir guarantee." tioned a committee projection He paused and spaced out his that Lhe sale of commemorative words for emphasis: i brought S219 mil- "If there is any doubl you i lioj In account have about Montreal, then do for S250 million here, not choose us.'1 Some committee members The IOC chose Montreal on feel the delay in a decision by Lhat impoitant date. May 12. the federal 1970. Vancouver, bidding for received the budget last the Winter Olympics, lost to results from the unsettled politl- Denver. Colo. Coming home in j cal'situation following the Octo- triumph May 15, Mr. Drapeau I ber general election. erlled on all Canadians to Birt Mr. Trudeau told a news "meet the of i conference in Montreal the Lib- Prime Minister Trudeau-vis- j eral povernmenl is merely nd- Iting New Zcnl.ind at the he.ring to its original policy by told repre-lors in Wellington that supporting the Olympic idc.i bill Montreal would gel no supple- requiring guarroilces against assistance from the burdens on the taxpayer, federal government. j This partly in view ot I AMATEl'RS MTJF.n very Roneroiis contribiitlon Tlie Quebec government soon of ihe Canndinn taxpayer to rn.-.tlc pr.ii.is of to pro- Expo the. prime minister vincial sports federations lor, said Saturday. Zeller's Bradford NATIONAL APPLIANCE MONTH Zeller's Own Bradford SMALL APPLIANCES A. Bradford 2-SLICE TOASTER 10 Iheriptfiit cottrcl Itls fD3 ESJBV !5iSt JlJCtlj !tE fi] )DD Wi ii! P15p( EfO B. 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