BC urges wine drinkers to buy local amid Alberta boycott


After the Alberta government announced a halt to B.C. wine imports, in response to the province's actions on the Trans Mountain pipeline, Notley said she was giving the federal government, and the B.C. government space to talk.

Notley said that her government will launch a series of "online tools" Tuesday that will allow Albertans and Canadians across the country voice their displeasure with B.C.'s actions.

In Ottawa, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said the federal government will not entertain any attempts by British Columbia to stall or stop the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

On Monday, United Conservative Party opposition leader Jason Kenney urged Notley to call an "emergency session" of the provincial Legislature to discuss the Trans Mountain pipeline. Kenney said. "The Alberta Legislature was scheduled to reconvene last week, on February 8".

About the only reason I can see for the fed Libs to scold the B.C. Dippers for holding up a pipeline is that the Trudeau Liberals don't like competition for who gets to hose Alberta the most.

Late last month, B.C.'s environment minister announced the province would be gathering public feedback about a number of potential pipeline-related regulations. "This is a very crucial element of our economy, and we can not see it continue to grow the way that it has in the last 10 years without additional, very meaningful investment from the federal government".

"This will hit a lot of those small businesses out there but more importantly, it sends a message right across British Columbia and in fact, across Canada that even though Ottawa approves these projects provinces can still scuffle them and that sends a message to investors saying hmm...maybe I better stay away from BC". What happens, for example, if B.C. decides to respond in kind, banning Alberta beef?

Alberta has fired the first shot in what is a contentious - and potentially risky - trade war.

"There are hundreds of regulatory elements that have been solved that Alberta - or British Columbia - could very quickly just change and frustrate the private sector trying to do business with each other", Black said.

"If [B.C.] didn't get it a week ago, I certainly hope that they get it now", she said.

And that might be the single biggest negative economic impact from the dispute between B.C. and Alberta: damage to investor confidence.

"If we want to get our resources out to market, we have some incredibly powerful voices on our side". Notley called it unconstitutional since the federal government approved the $7.5 billion pipeline expansion project. "I think that what we need to do is not be talking to each other inside this building but rather speaking to people across this country about the import of our position". If they do make such a move, it's not a hit we can afford in Alberta.