Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




Dr. Volker Nolte


In the summer of 2005, Commonwealth Games Canada called for applications from Canadian cities to bid for the right to be Canada’s candidate city in the international competition to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Five cities declared interest and contested the domestic phase of the bid: Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Hamilton and Halifax. On December 15th, 2005, Commonwealth Games Canada announced that Halifax would represent Canada in the international phase of the bid. The Halifax Regional Municipality, the Province of Nova Scotia, and specifically the Halifax 2014 bid committee began preparing their bid that would ultimately be judged against the other two international bids from Glasgow, Scotland and Abuja, Nigeria. Before Halifax would even be judged, their bid was withdrawn on March 8 , 2007. This thesis was a case study of one Canadian sport mega-event bid that went awry for a multitude of factors. Through document analysis and interviews with some of the key players of the bid, it was determined that the short timeframe and the political and leadership forces at play were the two biggest factors in the bid’s demise. Themes and lessons for future Canadian sport mega-event bids were exposed, and recommendations for future study provided.



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