BC at odds with terms put forward by World Cup bid committee

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"The city is extremely disappointed that Vancouver's bid to be a Federation Internationale de Football Association 2026 World Cup host city is now not being considered, as we believe hosting the biggest sporting event on earth would have offered significant economic benefits", the statement said.

In particular there were "very serious concerns" about the agreement to use B.C. Place stadium to host games, including unknown security and renovation costs.

The bid would see Vancouver as a potential host city, along with Toronto, Edmonton and Montreal.

The federal government threw its support behind the committee Tuesday with a promise of $5 million in immediate help if the bid wins.

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. "This is of course something fans would be looking forward to, but we have to take a look at all the opportunities surrounding it and all the risks surrounding it". "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 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".

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. "I'm not prepared to sign off on that", he said.

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"That is concerning because there's been many months, even years, put into this proposal and this project and at the last minute, to pull out like that, speaks to me about a government in disarray", said Liberal MLA Jas Johal.

"I'm hopeful that we're going to see the BC government and federal come to an arrangement that works", Robertson adds.

The City of Vancouver signed off on being part of the bid in January.

Johal also said he's received information that the internal deadline to join the bid was Monday night and that B.C. had already made a call indicating that it would withdraw.

This comes after the province raised concerns about cost, and after its requests for clarification were rejected by the committee.

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