Alberta lifts ban on BC wine imports

Alberta lifts ban on BC wine imports

Notley said she felt Horgan had blinked but some say the blink was kind of squinty-eyed.

"After having to reluctantly step back from this year's festival, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to once again share and celebrate B.C. Wine with our Alberta friends", said B.C. Wine Institute President and CEO Miles Prodan.

While Notley is suspending the retaliatory ban on B.C. wine, she left her options open.

Earlier this week, Horgan said the BC NDP government will ask the courts if it has the right to protect its environment by restricting diluted bitumen in the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline.

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. Alberta is a key market - about 20 per cent of bottled and produced B.C. wine is sold there.

"Indeed, the strongest opposition to the pipeline's expansion is found not in B.C., but Quebec", Angus Reid said.

Speaking of back-room deals, Premier Rachel Notley did not inform, or seek prior discussion or approval from Albertans, regarding her committing of 50,000 bbls/d of Albertans', not hers, oil royalty volumes to the Keystone XL pipeline.

Canadians are split on whether Alberta or B.C.is right in the ongoing Trans Mountain dispute, according to a poll released Thursday. "We're standing up for the B.C. wine business, B.C. industry, B.C. businesses and B.C.jobs".

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Horgan denied B.C.is backing down, saying the intention is to have cooler heads prevail.

The owner of St. Hubertus and Oak Bay Estate Winery in Kelowna is celebrating the end of Alberta's boycott of B.C. wine.

The ban is "unconstitutional", said McWatters-Bond.

"And we are prepared to confirm that right in the courts", Horgan said.

Deron Bilous says the potential fine Alberta faces for violating free trade rules is a pittance when set against the stakes of the Trans Mountain pipeline issue. 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.

Ralston said B.C. chose the CFTA to dispute Alberta's actions, rather than the NewWest Partnership, a trade agreement of the four Western provinces, because Alberta's boycott raises issues of a national interest "that should be considered by every jurisdiction in the federation".

"I'm confident that the courts will not give B.C. rights it does not possess under our Constitution", she said.

While the Alberta government isn't a player on the retail side of things, the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission (AGLC), an agent of Notley's provincial government, still regulates the sale of alcoholic beverages in that province.

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