BC and Alberta trade dispute giving British Columbians a hangover

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe Says Province Won't Join Alberta In Banning BC Wines

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe Says Province Won't Join Alberta In Banning BC Wines

"I don't know why our industry is being dragged into this", Christa-Lee McWatters, chair of the B.C. Wine Institute, told the Courier shortly after the decision was announced.

Alberta is the second biggest wine market for the industry outside of B.C. itself, selling an estimated retail value of $160 million each year, Prodan said.

Supporters of the pipeline argue it is vital to Alberta's ongoing economic recovery, while opponents argue the risk of a spill along the B.C. coast poses too great a risk to be allowed to proceed.

"Ms. Notley is simply acting like any other establishment politician up for re-election".

Notley expects to update Albertans on a possible legal challenge "pretty quickly", notwithstanding the fact B.C. has only threatened a new policy, and not implemented it.

"Our consultation on proposed new regulations hasn't even begun, but Alberta has seen fit to take measures to impact B.C. businesses", he said in a statement.

"It is using Alberta consumers and B.C. businesses as pawns and dragging them into and pitting them against each other in a provincial trade war".

"I hope that the Alberta government makes the choice to pursue a resolution to this disagreement in the court system, rather than on wine store shelves".

The Alberta government has moved to ban all imports of British Columbia wine, with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announcing the decision on Tuesday.

Notley called B.C.'s actions "unconstitutional" and moved ahead with a number of penalties; first, the suspension of talks regarding the sale of B.C. electricity and then an end to importing B.C. wine. "Albertans didn't want or invite this fight". "Being that B.C.is basically our neighbour every summer people come back saying, 'I had this or I had that, have you got it?'" "To create a new track of study and research we don't think is necessary, given the work that has already been done, and fully considered by the National Energy Board and the federal government in coming to their decision".

At least one restaurant in Alberta has vowed to continue serving B.C. wine.

Kinder Morgan Canada is hoping to move ahead with construction on the project, which would almost triple capacity on the existing pipeline to 890,000 barrels per day. "Kelowna West residents can send a message that it's time for the B.C. NDP to stop the wine war - and stand up for B.C.jobs by voting B.C. Liberal".

Premier John Horgan says the dispute is a distraction and he'll remain focused on protecting the economy and environment as well as the affordability needs of British Columbians.

"Today I had discussions with my counterparts from Alberta and British Columbia", McKenna said. "Clearly the federal government doesn't think so and many British Columbians don't think so", Horgan said.

Todd Buhler, who runs Epic Imports in Chestermere, says a good proportion of his business comes from B.C. products.

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