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BC and Alberta trade dispute giving British Columbians a hangover

BC and Alberta trade dispute giving British Columbians a hangover

What Alberta does is entirely up to them.

She's also anxious whether the ban - and calls for a boycott of B.C. wines in Alberta - will affect the Okanagan's tourism industry.

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".

In 2017, Alberta imported about 17.2 million bottles of wine from B.C. That amounts to about $70 million per year paid to B.C. wineries.

"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. But one could search either day's statements in vain for what that might entail in terms of either support or retaliation.

"We're going to continue to engage with the premiers on a regular basis". "We'll fight as hard as we can for our wineries".

And they the NDP appears poised to make things worse with Agriculture Minister Lana Popham suggesting B.C. might respond by banning Alberta beef.

On Wednesday the premier rode to her rescue, as he did last fall during Popham's botched handling of the fish farming file.

And as far away as Quebec, environmental groups flocked to buy B.C. wine to show their support for the industry.

Those are some of the words from a new video posted by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley on Twitter after Tuesday's announcement that BC wine would be blocked from coming into the province. "I would like to thank her for standing up for Alberta".

"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.

Owner Mike Romand insisted he doesn't take a side in the simmering pipeline conflict, but said that its unfair to hurt B.C.'s successful wine industry and he wanted to show support.

"We could see up to $100,000 lost in direct sales".

"The implications of such a threat strike directly at the heart of our country's oil and natural gas producers, and producing provinces, energy customers in the Lower Mainland, Canada, USA and overseas, and the men and women who earn a living supporting the energy industry in this country", wrote Kinder Morgan Canada CEO Ian Anderson.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced pressure on Wednesday from an important political ally and the business community to settle an oil pipeline dispute that has sparked fears of a trade war between two neighboring provinces, Reuters reported.

Not a chance said Horgan. The federal government approved it a year ago as a way to get Canadian oil to foreign markets, but it is also the subject of a court challenge by B.C.

Horgan says officials from Ottawa will meet with deputy ministers from the B.C. government on Thursday to clarify the province's rights over the jurisdictional dispute.

Mr. Anderson said the company's next steps will be determined after B.C. releases an intentions paper, a document that the province has said will provide an overview of the proposed regulations, by the end of the month.



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