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08 February 2018, 07:11 | Bernice Figueroa
BC wineries feel like 'easy target' after Alberta bans imports in pipeline feud
Alberta and British Columbia (B.C.) are scrapping over Kinder Morgan Canada's planned C$7.4 billion ($5.9 billion) Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which was approved by Ottawa in 2016.
The wine ban was the latest escalation in a disagreement between the NDP governments of both provinces, which stemmed from Victoria's move to seek more reviews of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.
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. Notley also suspended talks to buy B.C. electricity.
But Horgan said he will not meet face-to-face with Notley on the issue for now.
Horgan insisted Tuesday and again Wednesday that his NDP government "will stand with B.C. wine producers". "I never wanted to be the nexus of a trade dispute between provinces, but it's certainly speaking to the severity of the matter", Anderson, an Alberta resident, told Stephen Quinn on CBC'sThe Early Edition.
"I would think you'll have a boost in the B.C. wine".
"I have no intention of responding each day to events in other jurisdictions", said Horgan.
With a throne speech next week, he said he would not be distracted, and he hopes "cooler heads on the other side of the Rockies will prevail".
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. The expansion also faces court challenges.
"We are shocked that the Alberta premier and government are aggressively boycotting B.C. wineries over a yet-to-be-determined British Columbia government policy in a different sector", wrote president and CEO Miles Prodan. And I know that our decision will have an impact on some small businesses.
"Somebody who is smart enough to motivate and set up a system of social networking, pushing the "support B.C. wines" agenda because they're under threat from Alberta. who knows?" But until then, B.C.'s campaign to stop Alberta from exporting our energy products is wrong.
Tory Leader Andrew Scheer says Trudeau should end his United States trip early and come back to Canada to deal with this. On his way to the US for a four-day trip in San Francisco, including a meeting with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, eBay CEO Devin Wenig and other tech leaders, Trudeau said he will stand up for the national interest. Conservative natural resources critic Shannon Stubbs attributes the problem to the Liberals trying to claim allegiance to both the environment and the economy.
"We're continuing to discuss and engage with the B.C. government, with the Alberta government", he said.
On Tuesday, Notley announced the AGLC would immediately halt imports of B.C. wine.
Most in the province, however, agreed that wineries made for an unfortunate target, having nothing to do with bitumen or oil tanker battles.
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