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Liquor store association wants quick end to Alberta-BC trade war

09 February 2018

The wine ban was the latest escalation in a disagreement between the NDP governments of both provinces, which stemmed from Victoria's move to seek more reviews of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.

According to Notley, 7.2 million bottles of B.C. wine are sold in Alberta each year, with sales of about $70 million.

The institute said it will continue to pressure political leaders in Alberta and B.C.to "communicate the critical nature of resolving this dispute".

But for now, B.C.'s threat to close its borders in whole or in part to Alberta's bitumen is only a proposal. She is also the marketing director of Encore Vineyards and oversees all marketing activities for Evolve Cellars in Summerland and Time Winery in Penticton.

Kenney argued that if British Columbia wants to put obstacles in front of new energy projects initiated by Alberta, then it basically doesn't deserve the revenues it generates from existing energy projects, including the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Jake Ootes, owner of Celista Estate Winery in the North Shuswap, pins the blame for the trade dispute on the B.C. government.

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"My immediate reaction is this is utterly stupid", said Jeff Guignard, executive director of the Alliance of Beverage Licensees.

"We have a private retail system, so all the liquor stores in Alberta are privately owned".

"I think it says a lot for Canada, how bad we are that she's using those words "we're banning the import of British Columbia wine" just as if to say 'we're banning the import of American wine, or French wine or any other kind of wine".

"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.

"The company went to the National Energy Board and said ... the statute gives you the power to answer constitutional questions", Junger said. She stopped carrying B.C. wines at her restaurant Asti Trattoria Italiana last week in response to the pipeline news. "It is a federal jurisdiction and the federal government has approved this pipeline and I think he needs to make that very clear".

For Albertans puzzling over their next drink, Notley had some advice.

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She said she would like to see the federal government jump onboard with such a court challenge.

And NDP candidate Shelley Cook said she thinks Alberta should take its fight to court instead of trying to punish B.C. wineries.

"It's one of the things that is very sacred and they're very proud of the beef they produce over there as well so it can be one of the things that typically would look like it's an easy target", Boon said.

Both provinces are signatories to the New West Partnership and Alberta could be subject to up to $5 million in fines; the premier has her chequebook at the ready.

At issue is the BC government's unwillingness to allow the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, with a route running from Edmonton and cutting southwest through BC until ending in the Lower Mainland, where it will be shipped by tanker across the Pacific.

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Liquor store association wants quick end to Alberta-BC trade war