BC and Alberta trade dispute giving British Columbians a hangover

Canada: Alberta and British Columbia relations sour over oil and wine quarrel

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

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is against the politicization of the conflict between the governments of Alberta and British Columbia concerning the latter's unwillingness to accept the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion projects.

Horgan said he promoted the industry during a recent trip to China, South Korea and Japan, and he plans to discuss increasing the province's market share south of the border on a trip to Washington state next month.

"We bring in a lot of Alberta beef into British Columbia, so I would rather not go down that route", said Popham.

British Columbia's government needs to be reminded that it does not own Canada's western coast, that it cannot ignore the law and does not have the right to usurp a federal project in the national interest - even if it takes a trade war to do so.

"The Trans Mountain project expansion is federally approved".

The $7.4-billion Kinder Morgan project would triple capacity on the 1,150-kilometre line, which runs from Edmonton to the B.C. coast.

"This action will harm the B.C. wine industry", Notley said.

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.

"Good job banning BC wines!" "It's well known that premier Notley and I have been friends in the past".

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"Certainly, I would hope we have seen the end of the back and forth".

The project is strongly opposed by the British Columbia government.

"I think if anything it's a shame for the people of Alberta because they're missing out on some really lovely wine and as an alternative they're probably going to be buying global which doesn't help anyone in Canada". "We're going to focus on the issues that matter to British Columbians and hope that 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. "I would like to thank her for standing up for Alberta".

The two other Western provinces expressed concern about the trade dispute between neighbours.

But it shouldn't be up to Alberta to enforce Canada's Constitution. "We're reviewing our options and we'll take action when appropriate", he said.

During question period this week, Carr defended the decision to build Trans Mountain based on a sound review process, followed a few minutes later by McKenna "eviscerating the process" before she introduces the overhaul legislation, Stubbs noted. The Alberta government also cancelled talks about importing electricity.

The Institute's president and CEO Miles Prodan said he was "disappointed" with boycotting wineries "over a yet-to-be-determined British Columbia government policy in a different sector". "We're going to continue to engage with the premiers on a regular basis", said Trudeau earlier on Wednesday. "It's time for Ottawa to step up and assert its authority to build infrastructure that is in the larger national interest".

Palmer says that he thinks the ban is just the product of political posturing and doesn't want it to last very long for the sake of the wineries.

But for federal mediation to work, at least one of the two feuding NDP premiers would have to have a political incentive to meet the other part way.

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