Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Nova Scotia premier weighs in on wine war between BC and Alberta

Nova Scotia premier weighs in on wine war between BC and Alberta

The pipeline fight between Alberta and BC is out of hand, both are NDP governments and both are fighting for support from their respective provinces.

Notley said she is prepared to risk being hit by fines under the New West Partnership trade agreement. He maintains his focus right now is on this month's budget.

"I take that very seriously, and I will be resolute in protecting the interests of this great province".

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. "I mean, to tell me that I have to apply to export my wine to Alberta is nothing short of ludicrous".

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley responded first with legal threats and then, on Tuesday, cut off imports of $70-million in wine from British Columbia in retaliation. "Lana Popham, the minister of agriculture, is reaching out to growers across the Okanagan". "We're getting a reputation around the world as a country that can't get things done", he said. "This is one good step to waking BC up to the fact that they can't attack our industry without a response from us".

"The Premier in making it sound like this is a normal course, insignificant path that he is treading down, but we all know where it ends, and it ends in attempts to continue to frustrate and delay us, and we are not going to stand for that", Anderson said. "We do have some sales in Alberta". I deliberately wasn't available to [the media Tuesday] because I don't believe it's in anyone's interest to have duelling premiers.

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"Alberta doesn't grow grapes, so they don't do wine".

"Certainly being this close to the British Columbia border, we recognize that our friends and neighbours in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek understand the importance of natural resource development", Given said.

Notley said the federal government has tools to resolve the impasse and that she will continue to push Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on it.

Notley's decision to boycott B.C. wine likely won't be felt by workers on Alberta's side of the Peace region, Given added. What initially started as a pipeline dispute between the two provinces appears to have turned into an all out trade war, with small businesses from both provinces and Alberta consumers as the newest casualty. Not Alberta, not BC and not Canada.

"We get the importance of the energy sector and the development of that energy for the benefit of not only our community and our region, but the province and the country".

She adds this decision wasn't easy but it doesn't have to be this way.

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Meanwhile, on Wednesday Saskatchewan announced it will not be joining Alberta in banning the import of British Columbia wines.

"We've continued to rely on one customer, which is the United States", said McNeil. Albertans spent $72 million on B.C. wine past year but that still pales in comparison to the $1.5 billion annually in benefits that a completed Kinder Morgan would bring to the Alberta treasury.

"Ms. Notley is simply acting like any other establishment politician up for re-election".

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

He says this could hurt Canada in unexpected ways.

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