Canadian players push back against new ratio, wonder why CFL is trying to eliminate national championships
In addition, three more “nationalized Americans” can now replace the true Canadian starters, but for only half the games. It’s a new rule that Lions head coach Rick Campbell continues to understand.
“I know the goal is not to get rid of Canadian players. I know this is a very sensitive subject. I love Canadian players. I think everyone does,” Campbell said. “I think I just need to read about it and I can comment better once I understand what they did and why they did it.”
Mackie wants an explanation from the CFL as to why it continues to want to kick the Canadiens out.
“It’s a real shame that we have to preach every year to make sure that number stays the same,” he said. “When we have to answer why we’re fighting for this when personally I think the league should explain their position to us. If we’re going to ratify this seven-year deal, why don’t they just stand up and say they tell the players why they’re trying to get rid of the Canadians?
Nathan Rourke, originally from Victoria, grew up watching the CFL and idolizing Canadian players. That’s why he continued the game.
“As a young child, you look for people to emulate, you look for people you aspire to be, and the fewer Canadians there are and the fewer opportunities we have, the less that will happen,” a- he declared. “You get rid of the Canadiens in the CFL, youth football in Canada takes a huge hit.”
Rourke hopes players pushing the league will end the debate over the value of the Canadiens in the CFL.
“It’s disappointing as a Canadian that the ratio continues to be something they want to talk about. Hopefully when I’m done playing Canadians will be viewed a little differently — not inferior to American players,” he said.