Premier John Horgan will undergo surgery Friday to examine a lump in his neck.
He issued the following statement today:
“After noticing a lump in my neck, I went to the doctor to get a number of tests over the past few weeks. Those tests have revealed a growth in my throat that requires surgery tomorrow. Any further treatment will be determined after the surgery.
“We have a lot of work to do to support British Columbians through this pandemic and beyond, and I’m proud of the dedication shown by our cabinet and caucus to that work.
“Out of an abundance of caution, Minister Mike Farnworth is being appointed as Deputy Premier along with his other duties. Minister Farnworth is respected on all sides, for his incredible public service since being elected to the legislature 30 years ago.
“Mike will be there as support, if needed, but I will continue in all my roles as Premier, head of the executive council, the current chair of the Council of the Federation.
“I have been here before and I am not alone. People all around the province receive news like this every day.
“My message to all British Columbians is, please don’t wait. If you are concerned about something, don’t put it off. Go see a doctor, go to an urgent and primary care centre to get it checked out as soon as you can.”
Interim Liberal leader Shirley Bond said she was shocked at the news, adding the entire BC Liberal caucus wishes him well.
“I have known John Horgan for nearly two decades. We have both served British Columbians here in the Legislature for a very long time. Today’s news comes as a shock to all of us,” said Bond. “These are the times to set aside politics and focus on the personal. This is about people who care about one another, because nothing is more important than health and family.
“On behalf of the entire BC Liberal Caucus and all of my colleagues, I want to send our best wishes to John Horgan and his family.
“You are in our thoughts as we all wish for the best possible outcomes in the medical journey that lies ahead.
“I look forward to the day when a completely health Premier Horgan returns to the Legislature. I know that the debate at that time will be as vigorous as ever.
“In the meantime, you will be in our thoughts and prayers.”