Vancouver Island winery could lose $100000 over Alberta import ban

Vancouver Island winery could lose $100000 over Alberta import ban

"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", Horgan said.

On Wednesday, Horgan responded to Alberta Premier Rachel Notely's announcement that her province would ban wine imports from B.C. The move will be effective immediately.

Horgan said Ian Anderson, the president of Kinder Morgan Canada, has met with government officials since the NDP announced its proposal to limit bitumen transports off the B.C. coast until it can determine that shippers are prepared and able to properly clean up a spill.

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

This escalation of the pipeline dispute is "entirely in the hands of Premier Notley, not me..."

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.

According to Statistics Canada, in 2014, the Alberta government imported over $17.6 billion in goods from British Columbia; but according to recent comments by Premier Notley, only $70 million of interprovincial trade is in support of B.C. wineries.

"We work with small, family run farms", he said, adding that he carries B.C. wines to support a burgeoning Canadian industry competing with 1,000-year-old vineyards in Europe.

He's concerned about the long-term implications if the B.C. government retaliates against Alberta.

"This completely came out of left field, we were looking south to the USA market and the NAFTA negotiation", Miles Prodan with the B.C. Wine Institute said.

"The B.C. wine industry has worked hard to build a positive relationship and partnership with Alberta, particularly in the wine, culinary and tourism sectors, including having collaborated on multiple campaigns directly with the AGLC (Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission)".

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will triple transportation of oil from 300,000 barrels a day to 900,000.

"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.

That Alberta has announced a ban on the import of British Columbia wine is shocking.

"Somebody who is smart enough to motivate and set up a system of social networking, pushing the "support B.C. wines" agenda because they're under threat from Alberta. who knows?" It hurts to know that our friends in B.C. will have to suffer while our two provinces battle it out.

"I hope that we would see the end of the back-and-forth", he told a news conference in Victoria.

More details on the B.C. government's intentions are expected by the end of the month, Horgan said. "It's well-known that we share the same political flag".

"Saskatchewan has no plans to participate in retaliatory measures that would be in contravention of our trade commitments", he said on Facebook.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the specifics, but whether it's a pipeline or a transmission line, markets and investors need certainty", said Pallister.



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