TORONTO -- There are about 535 days to go until Toronto hosts a Pan Am Games that have been mired in spending scandals over the past six months.
CEO Ian Troop was axed a month ago following revelations that he and his senior executives spent with impunity on taxpayer-funded trips, meals and other incidentals.
TO2015 Chairman David Peterson and Tourism Minister Michael Chan insisted at the time of Troop's firing that it had nothing to do with the expense scandal exposed by QMI Agency at the end of September or the ballooning budget for the games.
We've watched the Pan Am budget jump from a reported $1.4 billion to $2.5 billion.
Tory MPP and Pan Am critic Rod Jackson said the games budget still doesn't reflect the true cost of transportation and security or the price tag for training and feeding volunteers and to rent the Rogers Centre for events.
He says he wouldn't be surprised if the games ended up costing "triple" the $1.4 billion originally reported.
Yet, there's a move afoot by the same cast of Pan Am characters -- which include Peterson, former Toronto mayor David Crombie and Bob Richardson, CEO of Toronto's failed 2008 Olympic bid and a member of the Liberal provincial brain trust -- to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games or the 2025 World Expo.
Are they kidding me?