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08 February 2018, 01:11 | Kara Nash
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The back and forth between the provincial governments in BC and Alberta, respectively, continues.
A dispute between the B.C. and Alberta governments over increased shipments of bitumen through the Trans Mountain pipeline, and the resulting B.C. wine boycot by Alberta has McWatters Bond anxious how her winery will continue to supply the Flames organization.
He's concerned about the long-term implications if the B.C. government retaliates against Alberta.
"I hope that you will consider the severity and outcome of the actions your minister has proposed and that you will accept my offer to meet with you to discuss these and any other matters relating to the operations of our company in B.C".
"We're continuing to discuss and engage with the B.C. government, with the Alberta government", the prime minister before his weekly caucus meeting.
I have had discussions with the premier of Alberta and have made it clear to both of them that the interests of British Columbia are my responsibility.
"We are calling on the premier to think very serious about the severity of the actions and the path that they're undertaking here".
"A lot of producers we work with are really at the forefront of discovering what it's all about and making really awesome wine". "Lana Popham, the minister of agriculture, is reaching out to growers across the Okanagan". "And I don't know where we're going to go, but one thing for sure, we'll fight. 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".
Notley, in a video posted Wednesday, said the neighbouring province's effort to delay or block the project with reviews, consultations and studies is a constitutional violation that threatens Canada's social safety net, jobs and response to climate change.
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"Certainly, I would hope we have seen the end of the back and forth". This escalation of the pipeline dispute is "entirely in the hands of Premier Notley, not me..." "But at the end of the day, that's secondary to my obligations to the people of British Columbia".
Monte Creek Ranch Winery just outside of Kamloops has been shipping wine to Alberta for two years and confirmed to CFJC Today the ban went into effect for them Wednesday morning. "We're going to focus on the issues that matters to British Columbians and hope that cooler heads on the other side of the Rockies prevail".
Anderson says Kinder Morgan never anticipated getting caught in the middle of an inter-provincial battle like this. "I would like to thank her for standing up for Alberta".
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).
Hickey said the "tit-for-tat" strategy playing out is taking away from what was originally a progressive trade agreement between provinces.
The institute reports that 30 per cent of all the wine sold in Alberta comes from B.C. with a retail value of $160 million a year.
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 said Wednesday that just because he's not speaking or acting publicly, it doesn't mean the federal government isn't working toward a resolution. In the meantime, she said Albertans can buy "some terrific Alberta craft beer instead".
"Ms. Notley is simply acting like any other establishment politician up for re-election".
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