British Columbia may pull Vancouver out of World Cup bid

British Columbia may pull Vancouver out of World Cup bid

Premier John Horgan says he would like to see World Cup soccer games at B.C. Place in Vancouver, but not at any price. I have a higher obligation than just wanting to see soccer in Vancouver. "I have to make sure that taxpayers aren't on the hook for unknown costs at the whim of Federation Internationale de Football Association".

The Federal government officially endorsed the North American collective application for participation in the world Cup 2026 Tuesday with the promise of an immediate payment of up to $5 million in case of victory of the application.

"I have a higher obligation than just being a soccer fan. I have an obligation to make sure taxpayers aren't on the hook at the whim of Federation Internationale de Football Association, I'm just not prepared to sign off on that". Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Edmonton selected as potential canadian candidate cities have already approved the application at the local level. Bid books are supposed to be sent to Federation Internationale de Football Association, the world soccer governing body, by the end of this week with a decision expected in June.

Horgan says he wants some guarantees on the cost for the province before signing an agreement.

"It's good for our athletes, good impact on our society and economy, support our reputation as an worldwide leader of sports, the Minister said Kirsty Duncan".

"B.C.'s taking a look at the opportunity".

"British Columbia has proven over and over again that we can host world class events", he said, citing the success of the 2015 Women's World Cup and the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Also on Tuesday, the federal government announced its support for the bid, but Horgan said they didn't say anything about the costs of security or other associated costs. However, now it appears the provincial government is having second thoughts. I've said quite clearly to the proponents, bring it on.

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