Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Cheers! BC wine industry celebrates end of Alberta ban

Cheers! BC wine industry celebrates end of Alberta ban

That's a similar line to the one being used by the B.C. Wine Institute.

Speaking to reporters in front of McDougall Centre in Calgary, Kenney says Premier Rachel Notley blinked first in this battle and allowing BC to refer this to the courts will only create further delays.

Premier Horgan announced his provincial government would be moving forward with consultation around four bitumen spill safeguards while referring only to the courts the outstanding issue around B.C.'s constitutional right to protect B.C.'s coast.

Despite threats of more retaliatory action from Alberta, British Columbia Premier John Horgan said Thursday he had assembled a legal team to make the case for B.C.'s attempt to restrict the flow of diluted bitumen across the province in the Trans Mountain pipeline.

He also reiterated that B.C. plans to appeal Alberta's wine boycott through the Canada Free Trade Agreement.

Leo Gebert said about 10 per cent of his wine is shipped to Alberta and any continuation of the ban could have crippled his business.

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Before this is done Premier Notley should have a plan and not fight a trade war with the western provinces; otherwise she will have a bad track record and not find anyone to supply her with electricity when the demand is there.

Likewise, restaurants and liquor stores on the Alberta side that rely on selling B.C. wine will also be squeezed.

He said the federal government declined an invitation to join the province in the reference question.

The B.C. wine boycott is over and corks are popping all over the Calgary foodie community to celebrate.

Bilous said Alberta won't even come to the table unless B.C. reverses its decision to refuse additional oil from Alberta while it studies spill safety.

Horgan says B.C.is not backing down but is hoping cooler heads will prevail.

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"We are prepared to confirm that right in the courts".

The wine institute notes the ban, which has been in place since February 6, is "severely harming" B.C. wineries and grape growers, many of which are small, family-owned operations.

The B.C. wine industry (which, incidentally, includes many wineries owned and/or run by current and former Albertans) ended up taking the high road.

In the meantime, Horgan said B.C. will not proceed with proposed regulatory restrictions on the increase of diluted bitumen transportation.

Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have made it clear that only Ottawa, not the provinces, has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles.

Notley and the federal government labelled the move unconstitutional.

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