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Mississauga wants no part of a Toronto Olympic bid

Toronto has until Tuesday to decide if it's going to bid for the 2024 Olympics. While it's unclear yet whether our city will actually vie to host the summer games, one part of the GTA wants nothing to do with them.

According to a the Toronto Star, Mississauga will not support Toronto if it bids for the Olympics due to cost-related concerns as well as a lack of support from constituents.

While numerous Pan Am events took place in Mississauga's Hershey Centre, the city wasn't a prominent part of the summer-long games. The Star notes that many Mississauga councillors believe the cost of a bid far exceeds any possible perks for their city.

Earlier this month, Toronto Mayor John Tory said that he'd want the private sector to cover the bid, which could run between $50-$60 million. The city's budget committee is concerned about this cost and doesn't want to compete for host-city status.

And just yesterday, Ward 2 councillor Rob Ford spoke out against a potential bid, saying the Olympics are a "bottomless black hole," according to a CBC report.

Do you think Toronto will end up bidding for the 2024 Olympics? Let us know in the comments.

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