Alberta's boycott on BC wine ends


Alberta's boycott on BC wine ends

The Western Canadian Wine War is over - at least for the time being.

Notley isn't specifying the options being looked at, but on Thursday suggested there will be further retaliatory action if Alberta believes trying to stall the Trans Mountain expansion.

"We believe it is our right to take appropriate measures to protect our environment, economy and our coast from the drastic outcome of a diluted bitumen spill", said British Columbia Premier John Horgan in a statement.

That gesture was sufficient for Alberta to stay its wine embargo.

The gathering - aptly named Farm Friends - paired Alberta beef with B.C. wines to promote good will.

Now it will ask the courts to decide whether it has the jurisdictional authority to carry through on its edict - a question the courts will nearly certainly answer with an emphatic no.

"The question (then) becomes 'Do they (B.C. officials) come up with something else, though, to put to the B.C. Court of Appeal, ' and if that's the case what alternatives do we have at our disposal?"

"We believe it is our right to take appropriate measures to protect the interests of B.C. from the drastic effect of a diluted bitumen spill", Horgan said at a news conference.

The government expects that will take several weeks to complete.

"This afternoon, B.C. said they were shelving their threat to regulate what flows through a federally-approved pipeline", said Notley."B.C. never had the right to begin with".

The embargo was announced in early February by as a response to BC talk of delaying movement of diluted bitumen to the Lower Mainland.

"We're going it alone", he said, acknowledging the move would set up a legal fight between Victoria, Edmonton and Ottawa.

The Kelowna Chamber is pleased that the Alberta Premier has made a decision to lift Alberta's short-lived ban on BC Wine imports and is optimistic both Premiers shelve any further mention or consideration of "boycotts" on any products.

"The ban... is severely harming B.C. wineries and grape-growers, many of which are small, family-owned operations", he said. The Alberta government is appealing that decision.

"The idea that pipelines are a divisive issue is nearly a cliché in Canada today, but the results of this study drive home just how divided the country really is", the Angus Reid Institute said in the report.

"We believe it is unconstitutional to prohibit the import of Canadian goods into another province based exclusively on where they come from".

Premier Horgan reiterated the value of the industry in his statement yesterday.

"The Alberta NDP blinked in the face of more delay tactics by their fellow New Democrats in British Columbia", he told reporters at McDougall Centre. This shows us just how deeply embedded the oil and gas industry is in the Alberta government. It's not about trade. "We believe that the rule of law in important in this country, we believe the rule of law is paramount to the people of British Columbia", said John Horgan.



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