B.C. premier John Horgan supports CFL Players’ Association while receiving COVID-19 vaccine

B.C. premier John Horgan was wearing a familiar logo when he received his COVID-19 vaccination on Friday.

Horgan arrived at the pharmacy in a blazer but removed it to reveal a shirt featuring the logo of the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA).

All B.C. citizens age 45 or older are currently eligible to be vaccinated, as are Indigenous people and the “clinically extremely vulnerable” who are 18 or older.

Horgan said that he would “love to see the Lions have a season” in May 2020, though the CFL cancelled its plans to hold a shortened campaign. He’s also expressed interest in hosting a Grey Cup in the near future at BC Place Stadium.

The premier met with leadership from the CFLPA, Professional Lacrosse Players’ Association (PLPA), Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA), and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) in 2018 to discuss health coverage for professional athletes working in the province.

Horgan has been the leader of the province’s New Democratic Party since 2014. He became premier in 2017 when the Green Party reached a confidence-and-supply agreement with the NDP to beat out the incumbent Liberals following an extremely close provincial election.

The NDP won a majority in the following election in November 2020 when they captured 57 seats, an increase of 16 from three years prior.

The 61-year-old was born in Victoria and was the country’s most popular premier as of March 2020 with an approval rating of 66 percent.

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