Based official wine supplier to Calgary Flames fears impact of wine ban

BC won't boycott Alberta beef amidst trade spat with our neighbours: Horgan

While Horgan faces the byelection in Kelowna West Feb. 14-the day Alberta has set to start its importation ban of B.C. wines-Notley is also gearing up for a provincial election in May 2019.

This is a developing news story.

"I'm calling on Justin Trudeau to take control of the situation - to come back to Canada instead of being in the United States this week as this crisis develops", said Scheer.

Premier John Horgan said he doesn't intend to respond to any provocation from Alberta in the escalating trade dispute over the Trans Mountain pipeline.

What seems unreasonable is the reaction of Alberta premier Rachel Notley, who alludes to a non-existent "illegality", and is withdrawing from talks to purchase B.C. electricity (likely from the Site C dam - another can of worms).

Horgan harrumphed that we should take his government to court if we're unhappy, But that advice cuts both ways.

The week's exchanges on this issue also included a letter to Horgan from the pipeline operator, seeking a meeting and cautioning about the impact of the threatened regulations on the national economy.

Trudeau said Wednesday that just because he's not speaking or acting publicly, it doesn't mean the federal government isn't working toward a resolution.

Vineyard owners on Vancouver Island, meanwhile, reacted with disgust and dismay at Alberta's boycott.




"We are shocked that the Alberta premier and government are aggressively boycotting B.C. wineries over a yet-to-be-determined British Columbia government policy in a different sector", wrote president and CEO Miles Prodan. "Trudeau's "compromise" in 2016 - granting Alberta two new pipelines in exchange for a pan-Canadian climate plan - was no different", she argues, "a more palatable but nearly as unsafe form of climate denial: believing that, as long as we acknowledge the scientific reality of our warming world, we can continue to expand fossil fuel production with impunity".

CALGARY-The head of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. has joined growing calls for the federal government to step into the dispute between Alberta and British Columbia over oil exports.

Red Deer resident Makenzie Bell said she likes B.C. wines and hopes the two provinces can sort things out so wine drinkers like herself can continue to buy them. "They have to champion this project".

Trudeau refused to intervene on either side. The board had to override Burnaby's jurisdiction to grant the permits, saying it was withholding them incorrectly. The federal government approved it previous year as a way to get Canadian oil to foreign markets, but it is also the subject of a court challenge by B.C. Initially, Kinder Morgan hoped the $7.4-billion expansion would be up and running by the end of 2019; last month it revised that to December 2020.

Anderson said it's obvious the motivation of the B.C. government's plan is "to satisfy the political promises that the premier has made with the Green Party".

After two years of consultations, focus groups, expert panels and discussion papers, McKenna and an army of other cabinet ministers will fan out across the country Thursday to promote the legislation, which is expected to create a single assessment system for all projects.

There will be no surprises in the legislation, McKenna said.

Some in Alberta have expressed concerns about the negative downstream impacts of the giant hydroproject, including its impact on river flows, recreation, and how it will affect Wood Buffalo National Park, issues that Alberta could more formally object, he said. "The announced escalation of retaliatory trade measures will leave businesses of all sizes, their owners and their employees caught in the crossfire", it said.

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