Published: Fri, February 09, 2018

Alberta to stop importing BC wine effective immediately

Alberta to stop importing BC wine effective immediately

And that is why the Kelowna chamber and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce are both calling on the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberal government to step in and "stand up for the regulatory process that is at the heart of this dispute". "I just think it's sad they would pick on an industry like that that's got nothing to do with the problem", he said, adding his winery doesn't sell to Alberta but would welcome the business.

"I think it was a very ill conceived decision by Premier Horgan in the first place".

In a B.C. interview last week, Trudeau linked his government's $1.5-billion coastal protection plan to the building of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

The wine prohibition is the latest escalation of a dispute between the two provinces over the pipeline expansion project by Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.

"It's sheer lunacy and I'm hoping that that's what the premier going for because also banning a pipeline in lunacy", said Cheesecake Cafe owner Jay Hitchen.

"Trade politics routinely crush the 'little guys, ' and we are deeply concerned about the handful of B.C. farmers we proudly work with", Edmonton restaurant Clementine said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. "Lana Popham, the minister of agriculture, is reaching out to growers across the Okanagan. It is a quality product and I know anecdotally, other provinces are emptying their shelves of BC wine so there will be more to export to Ontario, Quebec and other jurisdictions". It hurts to know that our friends in B.C. will have to suffer while our two provinces battle it out.

The fight over Alberta oil coming to British Columbia has now escalated into a wine war.

"Alberta doesn't grow grapes, so they don't do wine. We're going to focus on the issues that matter to British Columbians and hope that cooler heads on the other side of the Rockies will prevail".

Many saw the move as an attack on Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, a project that already acquired federal approval in November 2016.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley responded by threatening legal action, cancelling talks to buy electricity from B.C. and then, most recently on Tuesday, banning imports of B.C. wine.

"Our consultation on proposed new regulations hasn't even begun, but Alberta has seen fit to take measures to impact B.C. businesses", he said in a statement.

But it shouldn't be up to Alberta to enforce Canada's Constitution.

"We really are impacted by responsible resource development", Bumstead said.

The rosé-tinted glasses came off Wednesday, as B.C. and Alberta continued seeing red and whined about wine and oil. Notley said the decision to halt imports wasn't taken lightly. Before British Columbians panic about the potential erosion of this economic value to the B.C. economy and to important regional centres such asKelowna and Penticton, consider that the estimated annual revenue from B.C. wine sales is $360-million, of which Alberta estimates it purchases $70-million (20 per cent).

Conservative MP Lisa Raitt says it's time for Trudeau to do something.

"We can definitely see a loss in incomes, which would be closing on six figures", said Craig.

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