February 16, 2019

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

08 February 2018, 06:53 | Randall Craig

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BC wineries feel like 'easy target' after Alberta bans imports in pipeline feud

A common sentiment among those in the wine and hospitality industry in Alberta following this news is the devastating effect this will have on the farmers, families and small business (winery) owners in British Columbia as well as the import agents in Alberta whose portfolios include B.C. wine and not least, Alberta consumers.

Romand noted that pipelines aside, the fact Alberta can shut the wine flow in a single announcement - and amidst fears followed that B.C. might stymie Alberta beef, craft beer, or that province's celebrated rye whiskies - is a reminder of how many industry's are held back by inter-provincial trade barriers.

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 protect its coastline and environment, and announced extensive consultations and studies about spill cleanup that could take a year.

The Tweets only include first names and the community Notley claims they came from.

President Ian Anderson, who has led the proposal to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline through years of erratic B.C. politics, said the project is staying the course - even if it's moving forward at a slower pace than he or his investors would like.

Prior to Notley's letter Tweetfest, Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson, who represents several wine regions in the South Okanagan and Similkameen, fired out a Tweet of her own.

That review threatens the expansion of a pipeline from northern Alberta through the Pacific that has already been approved by the federal government.

The wine war between B.C. and Alberta is starting to hit Kamloops-area wine producers where it hurts most - in the pocketbook.

But just last week Horgan suggested the opposite: it would be "premature" for Alberta to file a legal challenge against B.C. because "there's nothing to take to court".

Notley says Alberta now imports about 17 million bottles of wine worth $70 million annually from B.C. wineries.

"The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Control Board will put an immediate halt to the import of B.C. wine into Alberta".

"I have promoted open trade and the importance of interprovincial trading partnerships throughout my career", said Pallister.

Kinder Morgan is also awaiting approval on its final route for the pipeline expansion before it can begin construction.

"A working free-trade relationship between Alberta and British Columbia is imperative to securing economic well-being for Canada", he said.

"We're continuing to discuss and engage with the B.C. government, with the Alberta government", the prime minister said Wednesday before his weekly caucus meeting. "I think Albertans should be embarrassed their premier is advocating for it". She also cancelled talks about buying hundreds of millions of dollars worth of hydroelectricity from B.C. And I know that our decision will have an impact on some small businesses. "It's well know that we share the same political flag", he said.

"We need to stop this wine war, as it doesn't benefit anyone and only threatens more jobs", said Ben Stewart, the opposition B.C. Liberals' by-election candidate for Kelowna-West, at the heart of the province's wine country.

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