New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said the province was “perfectly aligned” with Nova Scotia in its decision to monitor Hockey Canada’s response to the controversy over its handling of sexual assault allegations, prior to hosting the event. 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Higgs told reporters on Friday that he would like to see “some concrete action regarding those concerns.”
The tournament will be held in Halifax and Moncton. Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston said on Thursday he would like to see “some meaningful change” before it goes on.
Higgs said on Friday severing ties with the event was unquestionable.
“We have considered… But we will do it together with our colleagues in Nova Scotia, because no single decision will be made,” he said.
“All considerations are part of the equation. “
Hockey NS hits Canadian hockey on handling sexual assault allegations
New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are joint sponsors of the event, and Higgs said he hopes it won’t get to the point where the provinces need to pull out of the tournament. According to him, a decision will be made in the coming weeks.
“I would say by the end of October, it really shouldn’t be much longer than that,” Higgs said.
“Tim and I are completely in agreement on the next steps and how we move forward together as partners on this event.”
Sponsors sever ties with Hockey Canada due to sexual assault mishandling
Hockey Nova Scotia said Thursday that it will officially suspend the transfer of participant assessment fees to Hockey Canada for the 2022-23 season. This comes after Ontario’s provincial federations for the sport made a similar call, and after Hockey Quebec announced they would be severing ties with their federal partner.
The list of sponsors for Canadian Hockey is growing. To date, it includes Telus, Tim Hortons, Canadian Tire and Sobeys, which recently said they were “disgusted” by the allegations.
Mayors of Halifax and Moncton issued a joint statement Friday afternoon.
Cities have the “local expertise and experience to welcome the world’s best young hockey players,” said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage and Moncton Mayor Dawn Arnold. “But we are extremely concerned about the lack of judgment and professionalism of Hockey Canada.”
Both echoed the prime minister’s call for “meaningful changes” ahead of the 2023 championship
Hockey New Brunswick cuts ties with federation
Hockey New Brunswick says it won’t pay a $3 per player fee to the national regulator.
The province’s Hockey Association said it acknowledged the growing interest in hockey culture and the governing of the sport in Canada.
The decision to cut ties with the federal regulator follows similar moves by Hockey Ontario, Hockey Quebec and Hockey Nova Scotia.
Canadian hockey has been under intense scrutiny since May, when it was revealed a nondisclosure settlement was paid to a woman accused in a $3.55 million lawsuit she He was sexually assaulted by eight players – including members of the country’s world youth team – after a 2018 Gala Dinner in London, Ont.
More to come.
– With files from the Canadian Press.
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