Vancouver Island winery could lose $100000 over Alberta import ban

Vancouver Island winery could lose $100000 over Alberta import ban

He said officials from Ottawa will meet with deputy ministers from the B.C. government on Thursday to clarify the province's rights over the jurisdictional dispute.

"We're going to continue to engage with the premiers on a regular basis".

Notley said she is prepared to risk being hit by fines under the New West Partnership trade agreement.

"It's well known that premier Notley and I have been friends in the past".

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is calling on Justin Trudeau to ditch the USA trip he embarked on Wednesday morning and come back home to settle the brewing trade war between B.C. and Alberta over the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Following Tuesday's announcement, the BC Wine Institute released a statement expressing shock and disappointment in Notley's maneuver. With a throne speech next week, he said he would not be distracted, and he hopes "cooler heads on the other side of the Rockies will prevail".

The escalating tension has forced Trudeau to take a firm approach to getting the pipeline built and helping Alberta recover from a deep dive in energy prices, without losing crucial British Columbia political support.

"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. "The announced escalation of retaliatory trade measures will leave businesses of all sizes, their owners and their employees caught in the crossfire", it said.

The two other Western provinces expressed concern about the trade dispute between neighbours. "Not almost as important as the energy industry is to Alberta and Canada, but important nonetheless".

"Hopefully we get past it and we'll get talking about the men and women we want to put to work on this project".

She adds this decision wasn't easy but it doesn't have to be this way.

A common sentiment among those in the wine and hospitality industry in Alberta following this news is the devastating effect this will have on the farmers, families and small business (winery) owners in British Columbia as well as the import agents in Alberta whose portfolios include B.C. wine and not least, Alberta consumers.

Just because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is refusing to wade publicly into the emerging pipeline-induced trade war between British Columbia and Alberta, that doesn't mean things aren't happening out of the public eye, his environment minister suggested Wednesday. "Think of our province, and maybe choose some terrific Alberta craft beer instead".

"Boycotts. will not resolve an issue that is ultimately our federal government's responsibility", the chamber said.

Other politicians are speaking up about the dispute. "This should not be about pitting BC businesses against Alberta businesses".

Pressure is mounting on Trudeau to step into the dispute.

"We can definitely see a loss in incomes, which would be closing on six figures", said Craig.

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