This release was issued under a previous government.

“Today’s decision to withdraw from bidding on the 2022 Commonwealth Games was a difficult one.

“As we approach the next budget, we know we will have to make difficult choices. In this context, the Government of Alberta is simply not in a position to financially support the costs associated with not only a bid, but with further costs beyond the bidding process. For the next several years, the Alberta government’s priority is to focus on spending that directly supports Albertans’ core priorities, like health and education.

“Should Edmonton or any city decide to proceed with any future bids, the economic context must be favourable and the bid must have the full support of all three orders of government.

“With prudence and vision, our government will protect the province’s economic health. We have weathered these storms before and we will once again.”