BC wine marketers 'worth their salt' will capitalize on Alberta's ban

BC wine marketers 'worth their salt' will capitalize on Alberta's ban

BC wine marketers 'worth their salt' will capitalize on Alberta's ban

He said Notley's reaction was "over the top" when B.C. controversially asserted its right to restrict the flow of diluted bitumen through pipelines in B.C.to protect its coastline and environment, and announced extensive consultations and studies about spill cleanup that could take a year.

The Alberta government has moved to ban all imports of British Columbia wine, with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announcing the decision on Tuesday. "We do not believe this matter will be resolved by trade measures that will primarily impact consumers and private businesses". What Alberta does is entirely up to them.

In 2009, Alberta and B.C. agreed to an inter-provincial agreement allowing the trade of wine.

Last week we watched while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held yet another round of town hall styled meetings this time in B.C., before what was largely a hostile audience filled with environmentalists, First Nations and people concerned with what is going to happen to the lovely B.C. coastline once the Kinder Morgan pipeline hits.

"Alberta won't back down, but we need Trudeau to step up", said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, an important Trudeau ally, on Twitter.

"We stand with our wine industry, it is a quality project". But one could search either day's statements in vain for what that might entail in terms of either support or retaliation. "Lana Popham, the minister of agriculture, is reaching out to growers across the Okanagan. I have had discussions with the premier of Alberta and have made it clear to both of them that the interests of British Columbia are my responsibility", Horgan said.

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The BC premier continues to insist his previous comments were never meant to be provocative and he told reporters he and Notley have a good, working relationship. "We'll fight as hard as we can for our wineries". "My customers are still the same customers", she said.

"It's not the government's intention to respond in any way to the provocation", he said, adding he hopes "cooler heads on the other side of the Rockies will prevail". Horgan fears an escalating trade war could distract public and media attention from the rollout of his government's agenda for the year, starting next week in the legislature.

And as far away as Quebec, environmental groups flocked to buy B.C. wine to show their support for the industry. "Particularly for smaller and newer wine producers who rely heavily on the Alberta market". This escalation of the pipeline dispute is "entirely in the hands of Premier Notley, not me..."

"The premier has stumbled into this reckless trade war with Alberta, he's the one who pushed the wine sector into the line of fire", said Stewart.

A spokesperson for the B.C. Wine Institute said the organization was shocked by the move.

The week's exchanges on this issue also included a letter to Horgan from the pipeline operator, seeking a meeting and cautioning about the impact of the threatened regulations on the national economy. But until then, B.C.'s campaign to stop Alberta from exporting our energy products is wrong.

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