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Supporting Edmonton’s Commonwealth Games bid in Glasgow

Minister Richard Starke will travel to Glasgow July 19-24 to help Edmonton promote its legacy of hosting international sporting events to voting members of the Commonwealth Games Federation. Starke also will attend the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 23.

“The Commonwealth Games are sports tourism at its best, attracting thousands of visitors and creating a legacy of world-class facilities," says Dr. Richard Starke, Minister, Tourism, Parks and Recreation. "The Alberta government has supported Edmonton’s bid from the start, and I am proud to do all that I can to continue that support.”

Edmonton has experience, hosting the games in 1978. The only other candidate city is Durban, South Africa. The Games will be awarded in September 2015.

"We will visit Glasgow to look, learn and listen in order to gather insights and information for building the best bid possible and bringing the Commonwealth Games back to Edmonton in 2022," says Don Iveson, Mayor, City of Edmonton. "We appreciate the Alberta government's strong support and look forward to working together to win the bid."

The Commonwealth Games would increase tourism visits and create jobs, for a significant impact on Alberta’s economy. The Games also would generate taxes for all three levels of government. About 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 countries participate in the Games.

Click here for Minister Starke's detailed Glasgow itinerary.

For more information on Edmonton's 2022 Commonwealth Games Bid, please visit edmonton2022.com

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

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