Former BC Premier John Horgan has cancer again

Ravi Parmar says Horgan has taken indefinite leave from his ambassadorial duties to receive treatment in Berlin.

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LANGFORD – John Horgan, former premier of British Columbia and Canadian ambassador to Germany, is facing his third battle with cancer.

Horgan is staying positive about his health and sending healing thoughts to people fighting cancer as he navigates treatment, says Parmar NDP colleague Ravi.

Parmar, elected last year in a by-election in the former Langford-Juan de Fuca district in Horgan’s Victoria area, said on Tuesday he heard from Horgan and was told he had thyroid cancer.

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Horgan took an indefinite leave of absence from his ambassadorial duties to receive treatment in Berlin, Parmar said.

“He will be on leave as long as necessary, but I know he is certainly thinking about those who, like him, are facing cancer,” Parmar said. “I have been texting with him today and for the past few weeks and months. We have been chatting frequently and I know that he has once again received the best possible care and has fought very hard to beat this cancer.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Horgan Canada’s ambassador to Germany in November.

Horgan, 64, was premier of British Columbia from 2017 to 2022 and leader of the New Democratic Party for eight years. He served five terms in the provincial legislature.

While Prime Minister, Horgan was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2021 and underwent more than 30 sessions of radiation treatment, having previously recovered from bladder cancer in 2008.

BC Premier David Eby offered Horgan his best wishes for a speedy recovery and support for his wife, Ellie, and two adult children.

“I know these two things: John is a fighter and all British Columbians are pushing for him to recover as soon as possible,” Eby said on social media.

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Health Minister Adrian Dix said Horgan has beaten cancer twice and will do the same again.

“John, of course, is a good friend of ours and a great British Columbian who has served this province very well,” Dix said at a health care news conference in Surrey. “We know the battles he has gone through with cancer and we know he will do it again.”

BC United Opposition Party Leader Kevin Falcon wished Horgan the best with his health issue.

“My thoughts are with former Prime Minister John Horgan and his wife Ellie at this difficult time,” Falcon said on social media. “On behalf of all our BC United, I want to wish you a speedy and complete recovery in this fight against cancer.”

The BC Conservative Party said: “We send our best wishes to John Horgan in his fight against cancer. We hope to see him return to good health soon.”

Green Party MP Adam Olsen said: “My thoughts and prayers are with him and I will keep him and his family in our hearts.”

Horgan resigned from his suburban Victoria seat of Langford in March 2023, citing health reasons.

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