Canada: Alberta and British Columbia relations sour over oil and wine quarrel

Federal Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr says the government stands behind its decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline project and that it will be alert to any attempts to delay the project.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley's announcement yesterday, February 6, of a boycott of B.C. Wines was in retaliation to the B.C. government's decision last week to restrict increases in bitumen shipments from Alberta until more spill response studies are conducted.

The overall ban will be damaging, for sure, but likely not disastrous for the B.C. wine industry.

British Columbia Premier John Horgan said in a press conference on Wednesday his province won't retaliate against any Alberta products and he hopes cooler heads prevail.

Squeezing pipeline shipments would create supply havoc on B.C.'s lower mainland, but Albertans would lose significant revenue.

"So this sort of ban is not going to affect us - other than the individual inclination of the Albertan who says, 'Oh, I'm not going to buy any B.C. wine'".

The Facebook post saw plenty of reaction, with numerous over 200 comments voicing support for the restaurant's decision. It is true that the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission and its warehouser, Connects Logistics is the exclusive distributor of liquor and wine to all of Alberta's privately-owned liquor merchants. "Average citizens will pay for this snap judgment", read the statement.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe indicated his province supports Alberta in its fight over the pipeline expansion, but he doesn't think the dispute will be solved by trade measures that have an impact on consumers and private businesses.

"People that I know in Alberta, they don't agree with this approach".

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That's a message Notley herself is selling to Albertans.

"We've been very clear that the decision has been made on Trans Mountain", Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Wednesday in Ottawa. It's well known, Premier Notley and I have been friends in the past, it's well know we share the same political flag and that may be interesting to political observers but at the end of the day that's secondary to my obligations to the people of British Columbian.

But for now, B.C.'s threat to close its borders in whole or in part to Alberta's bitumen is only a proposal. His minority government's tenuous grip on power depends on keeping the Green party happy - which means Horgan can't back down.

In response, Horgan said he won't be escalating the conflict.

Miles Prodan, president of the B.C. Wine Institute, said the estimated retail value of the wine going to Alberta is likely even higher than Notley's estimate, around $160 million.

Officials from his government will meet with their federal counterparts on Thursday to "clarify our intentions and clarify what we believe is our jurisdiction" on the pipeline issue, he told reporters.

But not everyone is on Alberta's side in the dispute. "We're getting a reputation around the world as a country that can't get things done", he said.

The deeper game for Notley is to flush out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"The more they can repeat that on a daily, weekly basis to give Canadians confidence, investors confidence, that Canada is a place where the rule of law matters, is good", he said.


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