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Horgan rejects retaliation for Alberta's wine ban

08 February 2018, 01:09 | Damon Campbell

BC premier John Horgan Twitter

BC premier John Horgan Twitter

"We are calling on the premier to think very serious about the severity of the actions and the path that they're undertaking here".

Kinder Morgan has already slowed spending on the multibillion-dollar pipeline, and said oil shipments would not start before December of 2020 at the earliest, a year later than planned.

"Here in British Columbia right now, we are not set up currently to feed and finish the number of cattle we produce to the end, and we don't have a federally inspected packing facility", Boon explained. "When it comes to our rights, my rights as the premier to consult with British Columbians about putting in place protections for our environment and our economy, I see no ground for Premier [Notley] to stand on".

Although winemaking is nowhere near as big a deal, economically, as pumping oil and although Alberta accounts for just under three per cent of B.C.'s wine sales, symbolically Notley struck a solid blow on Tuesday. "Lana Popham, the minister of agriculture, is reaching out to growers across the Okanagan".

Given the unique regulatory circumstances of alcohol, which are now being challenged at the Supreme Court, Tombe points out that beer imports from B.C. would be another obvious target for retaliation.

In Victoria, Horgan said while he and Notley may both be New Democrats, that is a secondary consideration. I deliberately wasn't available to [the media Tuesday] because I don't believe it's in anyone's interest to have duelling premiers. "It's well know that we share the same political flag", he said. And that's my only focus in the days, weeks and months ahead.

"So they have to be done in Alberta or elsewhere". 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".

"Inflicting a ban on Alberta beef product would actually be banning our own product", said association general manager Kevin Boon.

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What seems unreasonable is the reaction of Alberta premier Rachel Notley, who alludes to a non-existent "illegality", and is withdrawing from talks to purchase B.C. electricity (likely from the Site C dam - another can of worms).

"It is using Alberta consumers and B.C. businesses as pawns and dragging them into and pitting them against each other in a provincial trade war". It hurts to know that our friends in B.C. will have to suffer while our two provinces battle it out.

"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.

"I don't blame Alberta for taking retaliatory measures".

"With booze, because it's a monopoly wholesaler owner by the government, it can easily change its purchasing decision".

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.

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 think that if there is [an] ongoing dispute between Alberta and British Columbia there is definitely a role for the federal government to step in and help resolve the dispute". She has also threatened that after wine, Alberta may look to stop BC craft beer from heading east.

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