The Canadian government Tuesday announced its support for the united bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
There's still a long way to go, but Vancouver is now a tiny step closer to hosting World Cup soccer in 2026.
On Tuesday, Premier John Horgan said the provincial government is not ready to give the World Cup organizers a blank cheque. If the North American bid is successful, it's expected Canada would host 10 games, likely between two cities.
A joint U.S., Canada and Mexico bid for the World Cup was supposed to have been finalized by March 16. Canadian cities of Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Edmonton, identified as potential Canadian candidate cities, have already endorsed the bid.
At the end of December, Gianni Infantino, president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, said he felt that this joint bid sent a "positive message". I have a higher obligation than just wanting to see soccer in Vancouver.
But Horgan said he also has a responsibility to protect taxpayers' money.
"I have a higher obligation than just being a soccer fan".
The federal government will also help with essential services such as security and border control as it did during the Women's World Cup in 2015. The B.C. Liberal opposition said the province has a history of hosting successful global sporting events and it could be missing out. "That's good value for dollar, it's an ability to expose this province globally and I don't understand, how at the last minute, the minister can say we're pulling out", Jas Johal, B.C. Liberal MLA, said.