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Notley lifts ban on BC wine imports in Alberta

Notley lifts ban on BC wine imports in Alberta”

"I think it is fair to say that in a small way today B.C. blinked", Notley told reporters at the legislature in Edmonton.

The Alberta government has taken out full page ads in some B.C. newspapers, mocking the "left coast" despite stating within that both provinces still share many common goals.

Notley has since threatened that more retaliatory actions were being prepared and formed a task force that includes a former deputy prime minister and former New Brunswick premier to evaluate methods to force back down.

Premier John Horgan said Thursday that his government is filing a constitutional reference case on the issue, which has been at the centre of a heated debate between the two provinces. Alberta is a key market - about 20 per cent of bottled and produced B.C. wine is sold there.

"For whatever government not to do something would show 'hey, we're going to let wineries just be collateral damage in our disagreement with (Alberta)", Ocenas 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.

Carr defended the government, saying they had thrown their support behind Trans Mountain in no uncertain terms, but he also defended B.C., saying the provincial government was not in fact trying to delay the project but wanted to consult its citizens on the potential risks linked to the pipeline expansion.

The Institute said that they are now working with legal counsel to determine their path forward, but they are "thrilled that Alberta consumers one again have the choice to purchase and enjoy B.C. wines, as they have long done".

Constitutional battles now brewing over wine boycott

President Miles Prodan said in a statement that B.C. and Alberta share a long history of collaboration and strong economic ties.

"Multiple courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, have affirmed the federal government's jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines and we will continue to vigorously protect that jurisdiction". Over the weekend, Horgan's government announced it will challenge that decision in the Federal Court.

Jasmine Skirten said she is a big supporter of Okanagan wine and is glad the ban is over.

"This is not about trade", he said.

"B.C. has really one option, and that is for them to smarten up (and) realize that what they're doing is unconstitutional", said Bilous. "We hope that they do".

But she also offered an olive branch of sorts to B.C. When asked is she herself would be sipping B.C. wine anytime soon, she said: "It's possible there may be B.C. wine soon again in our house".

"The actions by the Alberta government threaten an entire industry and the livelihoods of people who depend on it", said Horgan.

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