BC and Alberta trade dispute giving British Columbians a hangover

BC and Alberta trade dispute giving British Columbians a hangover

BC and Alberta trade dispute giving British Columbians a hangover

Horgan said Wednesday it is not in anyone's interests to fuel the spat between the two provinces.

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

The comments from both premiers come after Alberta announced Tuesday that it's banning wine from British Columbia because of B.C.'s plans to limit how much diluted bitumen can be shipped from its coast.

Anderson said he sent a letter this week to Horgan about his concerns for the province's plans and its implications for the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain project that would nearly triple the capacity of the pipeline.

Alberta responded by halting talks on purchasing electricity from B.C. before it banned wine imports from its neighbour.

"I think it's going to affect related sectors, such as hospitality, bed and breakfasts, transportation, restaurants - many things that are associated with wine", he said.

Albertans spent $72 million on B.C. wine previous year, with nearly 95 per cent of all Canadian wine sold here coming from our western neighbour.

"I believe that is well within our jurisdiction, we have legal support for that review".

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"The government of British Columbia is free to consult, the government of British Columbia can not infringe on federal jurisdiction that impacts the national interest".

Horgan feels this is not a trade war and he's not threatening any retaliatory actions against our neighbours and that includes a ban on Alberta beef.

Horgan added that he is keeping on contact with growers and even suggested there are other markets, including those overseas that are interested in B.C. products.

After two years of consultations, focus groups, expert panels and discussion papers, McKenna and an army of other cabinet ministers will fan out across the country Thursday to promote the legislation, which is expected to create a single assessment system for all projects.

Horgan called Notley's actions "provocative" while his were not. I have had discussions with the premier of Alberta.

Cory Morgan, who owns a pub in Priddis, says he's on board with the idea, removing all B.C. offerings from his menu.

Encore Vineyards is a relatively small vineyard; about a third of its sales are to Alberta.

Across the border, in Dawson Creek, Mayor Dale Bumstead said workers in the region will suffer if tensions between the provinces isn't eased.

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But not everyone is on Alberta's side in the dispute.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday Saskatchewan announced it will not be joining Alberta in banning the import of British Columbia wines. It is a problem for the whole of Canada, he argued, dampening investor confidence and hurting the country's reputation. It's the playground attitude of, "Well, I'm taking my toys and I'm going home".

Karen Collins, the owner of Asti Trattoria Italiana, dropped B.C. wines from her downtown restaurant on February 1, six days before Notley's announcement.

King said he doesn't support the ban and will continue to drink B.C. wines.

"We stand with our wine industry", he said.

"The small independent wine makers, family-run businesses; this is their only livelihood". "I think Albertans should be embarrassed their premier is advocating for it".

The boycott over B.C. wines is being felt in the Gas City.

For McMillan, however, the impact of the conflict reaches further than just Alberta.

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