Okanagan wine industry celebrates end of Alberta boycott

Violet Powell
February 25, 2018

Notley said she's not sure the B.C. courts will make a ruling on the clearly established constitutional rule that the federal government has the final say on what goes into trans-boundary pipelines.

The BC Wine Institute said during the first week of Alberta's two week ban the wine industry in B.C. took a one million dollar hit. Federal officials have been meeting with their B.C. counterparts and Notley has promised further retaliatory measures if there is no progress on resolving the impasse.

Less than an hour before Notley's press conference, Horgan revealed B.C.is asking the courts to confirm whether it has the right to protect its coastline by restricting the amount of diluted bitumen being shipped in the controversial Trans Mountain expansion.

Notley announced the lift of the ban on Thursday, following B.C. Premier John Horgan's announcement that the B.C. government will let the courts decide if B.C. can ban Alberta's increased bitumen exports.

That proposal led to a massive fight and trade war with neighbouring Alberta, where oil producers are desperate to send their barrels to the West Coast and reduce their dependence on the United States as an export market.

Notley said that task force will stay in place and will meet next week to continue to explore ways to get Alberta oil to tidewater and respond to similar future challenges. "It's about the right for B.C.to be heard".

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Editor's note: This article was updated at 7:10 p.m. ET on February 22, 2018 with additional information about a change in B.C.'s previously announced measures. The statement was in response to a motion from the opposition Conservatives, who said PM Trudeau and his government had been sitting idly by while B.C. did its best to block the expansion.

Horgan denied that B-C is backing down in the dispute, saying the intention is simply to have cooler heads prevail.

President Miles Prodan said in a statement that B.C. and Alberta share a long history of collaboration and strong economic ties.

"We have had other jurisdictions question our authority in this area". "Our patience will not last forever", Notley said last week.

Under federal liquor laws provinces essentially have an "absolute right" to regulate what is and isn't being consumed, he said, yet the ban violates the spirit the Canada Free Trade Agreement. "The contentious point that has drawn the ire of the province of Alberta and some consternation from the federal government will be put to the courts". The reference will seek to reinforce B.C.'s constitutional rights to defend against the risks of a bitumen spill. Replace the power engineers that were laid off back to work, and sell the electricity on grid to anywhere in Canada, the United States of America and the world to make a profit.

"The actions by the Alberta government threaten an entire industry and the livelihoods of people who depend on it", said Horgan.

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