Alberta's wine ban won't impact Vancouver Island producers

11 February, 2018, 05:34 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Canada: Alberta and British Columbia relations sour over oil and wine quarrel

"I have to say that the actions of the Premier of British Columbia are consistent with trade agreements that we have signed province to province as well as nationally".

Notley said the federal government has tools to resolve the impasse and that she will continue to push Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on it. "My focus is on addressing the affordability challenges that people are feeling each and everyday, and this is a distraction that I think most British Columbians would prefer we put to one side and focus on the things that matter to them".

British Columbia's government needs to be reminded that it does not own Canada's western coast, that it cannot ignore the law and does not have the right to usurp a federal project in the national interest - even if it takes a trade war to do so.

He won't meet with the company so long as his government is in court, challenging the federal regulatory approval for the Trans Mountain expansion.

"Our family is for the Kinder Morgan Pipeline".

"We're continuing to discuss and engage with the B.C. government, with the Alberta government", the prime minister told The Canadian Press.

"Certainly", said McNeil. "I've been a believer that we should have access to both of our coasts when it comes to our natural resources".

Xavier Bonilla, who owns Cherry Point Estate Wines in Cobble Hill, said the ban is unlikely to have a major impact on his winery, which sells most of its products at the farm gate.

"I don't believe it's in anyone's interest to have dueling Premiers", Horgan said.

"Punishing British Columbia wineries for something that they have nothing to do with is frankly amateurishly political", he said, adding he had no comment on the pipeline issue.

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Horgan responded to the announcement by urging Alberta to "step back from this threatening position" and vowing to stand with B.C. wine producers.

"I think it says a lot for Canada, how bad we are that she's using those words "we're banning the import of British Columbia wine" just as if to say 'we're banning the import of American wine, or French wine or any other kind of wine".

Horgan, newly arrived from a trade mission to Asia where he touted the glories of Okanagan grapes to buyers in Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo, said he won't be distracted by "retaliatory trade actions".

The analogy sums up the crux of a trade dispute now spiralling in hostility and scale between Alberta and British Columbia.

"I'm also encouraging all Albertans: next time you're thinking about ordering a glass of wine, think of our energy workers".

Still, Johnson said he feels the optics of the dispute between neighbouring provinces isn't positive.

But it shouldn't be up to Alberta to enforce Canada's Constitution. I do think the federal government, they can threaten, but we'll see how far they're prepared to go.

She adds this decision wasn't easy but it doesn't have to be this way. The Alberta government also cancelled talks about importing electricity.

A spokeswoman for McKenna said that the minister made clear the federal government won't stand down and allow a provincial government to infringe on Ottawa's constitutional authority to decide about interprovincial infrastructure projects such as pipelines. "And I don't know where we're going to go, but one thing for sure, we'll fight".

"On the question of jurisdiction, no province can impinge on the national interest".



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