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Canada bangs the drum for United 2026 bid, committing cities and cash

Canada bangs the drum for United 2026 bid, committing cities and cash

I have a higher obligation than just wanting to see World Cup soccer in Vancouver. The three-nation committee selected Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal as potential host cities. The presenters told council total costs for Vancouver were not finalized because Federation Internationale de Football Association had to first decide in June which country or countries will get the 2026 event; Morocco is the only competing bid.

"That adds unknown costs and unknown risks to B.C. taxpayers", she said, noting security and other costs had still not been worked out between governments and the bid committee.

British Columbia Tourism Minister Lisa Beare said yesterday that the province, which hosted the final of the 2015 Women's World Cup, could not agree with the terms of the host contract put forward by the United Bid Committee.

For the past several weeks, our government has been working diligently with the United Bid Committee - consisting of Canada, the United States and Mexico - to bring the 2026 cup to Vancouver, as one of the committee's Canadian host cities.

Elligott, a member of the Vancouver City Bid Advisor Group, is curious to know what was the financial sticking point between the United 2026 and the province that doomed the Vancouver bid.

"Let's also ensure the costs to taxpayers are not out of control", he said. "I'm not prepared to sign off on that", he said.




"The minister should now provide all the facts as to why the B.C. NDP was unable to reach an agreement to participate in this unprecedented chance to promote the province", he said.

Johal criticized the government for the uncertainty so close to the deadline.

The City of Vancouver threw its support behind the bid last summer.

But Horgan said the responsibility was on higher bodies to ensure that B.C. wouldn't be on the hook if the budget expanded.

Horgan, however, said joining the bid is still an option and the province is in talks to find a solution that would see the attractive game come to BC Place in 2026. In a statement, Mayor Gregor Robertson said "we've done our part to sign on to the bid and are hopeful the provincial and federal governments can find an arrangement to support the bid going forward".


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