BC premier won't retaliate against Alberta's wine boycott

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The back and forth between the provincial governments in BC and Alberta, respectively, continues.

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 survival of B.C. Premier John Horgan's minority government is conditional on the continued support of the Green Party.

"We bring in a lot of Alberta beef into British Columbia, so I would rather not go down that route", said Popham. "I'm here for B.C., not for Alberta", he said. "I have made it clear to both of them the interest of British Columbia are my responsibility, I take very seriously and I will be resolute in protecting the interest of this great province".

"The Trans Mountain project expansion is federally approved".

Ian Anderson said Kinder Morgan is aware that the plan to expand the pipeline to carry oil-sands crude from Alberta to British Columbia could become untenable the longer it takes to obtain permits, but he stopped short of saying the company is close to abandoning the major expansion. "When it comes to our rights, my rights as the premier to consult with British Columbians about putting in place protections for our environment and our economy, I see no ground for Premier [Notley] to stand on".

"We're continuing to discuss and engage with the B.C. government, with the Alberta government", the prime minister told The Canadian Press.

The NDP minister of agriculture, Lana Popham, briefly indicated a possible response Tuesday when reporters caught up with her during a previously scheduled tour of Okanagan wineries. How dare we Albertans take a swipe at such a fine B.C. industry! Though it seems the province has gone one step further after banning B.C wine just yesterday. "It's well known that premier Notley and I have been friends in the past". It's devastating. So, I think Premier Horgan is being prudent and I would wait for a much more broader study.

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The project faces vocal opposition in British Columbia, including from the province itself, which is planning new rules to block increased crude oil shipments, prompting Kinder Morgan to eye its legal options. And that's my only focus in the days, weeks and months ahead. "Cooler heads on the other side of the Rockies will prevail".

Anderson said he sent a letter this week to Horgan about his concerns for the province's plans and its implications for the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain project that would nearly triple the capacity of the pipeline.

The premier also says he's not going to retaliate and won't fall into Alberta's trade dispute.

"I'm also encouraging all Albertans: next time you're thinking about ordering a glass of wine, think of our energy workers". Not Alberta, not BC and not Canada.

"I think that asserting their federal jurisdiction in whatever manner they determine is most effective and most appropriate is something I'll be looking for, so that we get past the words of support to the actions of support that we're all chasing hard".

She adds this decision wasn't easy but it doesn't have to be this way. It runs from Alberta's energy heartland to a port in Metro Vancouver.

Tinhorn Creek gets about 40,000 visitors each year, about 25 per cent of those tourists come from Alberta, Nelson said.

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