Saturday, 24 February, 2018

BC wine ban not good for business

BC wineries feel like 'easy target' after Alberta bans imports in pipeline feud Vancouver Island winery could lose $100000 over Alberta import ban
Elsie Buchanan | 08 February, 2018, 12:22

We don't take this lightly.

Kinder Morgan has already slowed spending on the multibillion-dollar pipeline, and said oil shipments would not start before December of 2020 at the earliest, a year later than planned.

But Horgan can hardly have expected his fellow New Democrat and "old friend" to sit on her hands, when Rachel Notley is facing an uphill fight for re-election a year from now.

According to the B.C. Wine Institute, 30 per cent of all wine sold in Alberta is from B.C., with a retail value of $160 million. "B.C. wine producers have huge lobbyists and they spend lots of money on lobbying". But one could search either day's statements in vain for what that might entail in terms of either support or retaliation. "Lana Popham, the minister of agriculture, is reaching out to growers across the Okanagan". I have had discussions with the premier of Alberta and have made it clear to both of them that the interests of British Columbia are my responsibility. "I never dreamed it would go this far", she said. "Unfortunately now, we are seeing that price being paid by wineries in British Columbia".

Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Conservative MP Cathy McLeod says she's very concerned about the dispute noting the financial harm it will cause to small business owners.

Notley called B.C.'s actions "unconstitutional" and moved ahead with a number of penalties; first, the suspension of talks regarding the sale of B.C. electricity and then an end to importing B.C. wine.

On Wednesday the premier rode to her rescue, as he did last fall during Popham's botched handling of the fish farming file.

Horgan says the proposals about bitumen came from his conversations with British Columbians and intentions to answer their questions about the consequences of a catastrophic spill.

"I'm also encouraging all Albertans, the next time you're thinking of ordering a glass of wine, think of our energy workers, think of your neighbours, think of our community, think about our province and maybe choose some terrific Alberta craft beer instead", Notley said Tuesday.

That's a message Notley herself is selling to Albertans. "I deliberately wasn't available to you yesterday because I don't think it's in anyone's interests to have duelling premiers".

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Right she was. Ben Stewart, the former B.C. Liberal MLA trying to win back the seat vacated by Christy Clark, was soon out with the appropriate news release. "I mean, to tell me that I have to apply to export my wine to Alberta is nothing short of ludicrous".

The halt on imports would also include direct-to-consumer sales.

The comments come amid a growing trade battle between Alberta and British Columbia over the project, which would almost triple crude shipments on the line to 890,000 barrels per day.

It's now up to the federal government to help get the project to the finish line by upholding its jurisdiction and taking any necessary actions with B.C., he said.

Not a chance said Horgan.

But Stewart defended the process used to approve the pipeline expansion and noted the former B.C. Liberal government signed off on its approval.

Meanwhile, senior federal and B.C. provincial officials were scheduled to meet in Vancouver on Thursday to discuss the issue.

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

Ian Anderson said that he's pleased to hear strong and continuous words of support from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the company's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, but that at some point the federal government will have to act.

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