Response to AGLC halting BC wine imports

Alberta boycotts BC wine in pipeline dispute

Alberta has threatened to stop importing wine from British Columbia as a result of the provinces' ongoing feud over Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion.

Kinder Morgan has already slowed spending on the multibillion-dollar pipeline, and said oil shipments would not start before December of 2020 at the earliest, a year later than planned.

Notley's trip to BC was an image rehab trip for her, not a pipeline sales pitch for the people of Alberta.

Notley says Alberta now imports about 17 million bottles of wine worth $70 million annually from B.C. wineries.

"I will not be distracted by that objective while the government of Alberta continues to take retaliatory trade actions against our province because we have chosen to talk to British Columbians about how we can protect our interests".

"This completely came out of left field, we were looking south to the USA market and the NAFTA negotiation", Miles Prodan with the B.C. Wine Institute said.

"We are now in court with respect to the Kinder Morgan process and until we get a resolution from the federal court, that is an open question". I deliberately wasn't available to [the media Tuesday] because I don't believe it's in anyone's interest to have duelling premiers. "Particularly for smaller and newer wine producers who rely heavily on the Alberta market".

"Alberta won't back down, but we need Trudeau to step up", said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, an important Trudeau ally, on Twitter. "Not almost as important as the energy industry is to Alberta and Canada, but important nonetheless".

"The problem that we have in this context is that a certain period of delay causes uncertainty which causes these projects to get cancelled", Scheer said.

During question period this week, Carr defended the decision to build Trans Mountain based on a sound review process, followed a few minutes later by McKenna "eviscerating the process" before she introduces the overhaul legislation, Stubbs noted.

While Horgan spoke to reporters in Victoria, Notley tweeted messages of support that she said she has received from British Columbia.

"I'm expecting the federal government to help solve this dispute between the provinces".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reaffirmed his support for the project, which was approved a couple of years ago, however, Notley wants him to explicitly state that BC does not have the authority they claim to have regarding what goes into a pipeline.

"Next time you're thinking about ordering a glass of wine, think of our energy workers, think of your neighbours, think of our community, think about our province and maybe choose some terrific Alberta craft beer instead", she said.

Other politicians are speaking up about the dispute. Deputy federal Conservative leader Lisa Raitt said Trudeau has the constitution on his side when exerting federal power to get construction underway.

"We will not let the government of B.C. hold Alberta's and Canada's economy hostage, and jeopardize the economic security of hundreds of thousands of working families across this province and across this country", she said.

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