BC premier says he won't escalate trade dispute with Alberta over pipeline

Alberta boycotts BC wine in pipeline dispute

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced Tuesday that the province is banning wine from British Columbia wineries effective immediately.

Notley's trip to BC was an image rehab trip for her, not a pipeline sales pitch for the people of Alberta.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is calling on Justin Trudeau to ditch the US trip he embarked on Wednesday morning and come back home to settle the brewing trade war between B.C. and Alberta over the Trans Mountain pipeline.

"Many of the importing partners we depend on for wines from B.C. and everywhere else would be horrifically affected by this loss of revenue, resulting in higher prices of agencies closing-a loss for all parties-but mostly the average Albertan consumer".

One Alberta wine shop manager noted that, "While we are in support of the Alberta government and their efforts to improve the economy at home, we are disappointed by the recent decision made by the premier. The announced escalation of retaliatory trade measures will leave businesses of all sizes, their owners and their employees caught in the crossfire", it said. I have had discussions with the premier of Alberta. "No one wants a trade fight between two provinces".

"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.

"The problem that we have in this context is that a certain period of delay causes uncertainty which causes these projects to get cancelled", Scheer said.




While Horgan spoke to reporters in Victoria, Notley tweeted messages of support that she said she has received from British Columbia.

Notley is pushing the federal government to take a stronger stance arguing BC's tactics are unconstitutional and outside provincial jurisdiction.

Trudeau jetted off to Chicago Wednesday morning for the first leg of a USA tour where he will discuss how public service can promote closer ties between the US and Canada.

"I can't see anything immediate, and I'm not going to react to it immediately, because I really do not believe that this is going to have the impact that Madame Notley believes it's going to have". "Think of our province, and maybe choose some terrific Alberta craft beer instead".

Whatever happens, the dispute offers Trudeau big risk and reward, said Tom Bateman, associate political science professor at New Brunswick's St. Thomas University. Deputy federal Conservative leader Lisa Raitt said Trudeau has the constitution on his side when exerting federal power to get construction underway. Pressed as to what the prime minister might do next, the source cited Trudeau as saying last week that the dispute was still in the early stages.

"We're making sure we come to the right place that's in the national interest for Canada", he said.

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