Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

BC won't boycott Alberta beef amidst trade spat with our neighbours: Horgan

BC won't boycott Alberta beef amidst trade spat with our neighbours: Horgan

"Whether or not the attitude in Alberta will reduce the number of sales we make to Alberta, I have no idea", he said.

Heather Hynes-Dawson, who speaks on behalf of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, says the AGLC doesn't drive the specifics of the liquor products that are sold at retail outlets around Alberta. "Clearly the federal government doesn't think so and many British Columbians don't think so", Horgan said. We have Premier John Horgan representing the province of British Columbia and, of course, first Stephen Harper and then Prime Minister [Justin] Trudeau representing the interests of Canada.

The dispute started after BC announced further shipments of bitumen from Alberta would be limited and that's considered a direct threat to the expansion of the Kinder Morgan's pipeline which ends in Burnaby.

"I understand her passion for Alberta [but] I see no ground for the premier to stand on [in arguing otherwise]", he said. "Lana Popham, the minister of agriculture, is reaching out to growers across the Okanagan". For British Columbia, while the wine industry isn't almost as important in comparison, it's still a pretty big deal for the province. "Kelowna West residents can send a message that it's time for the B.C. NDP to stop the wine war - and stand up for by voting B.C. Liberal". And I know that our decision will have an impact on some small businesses. I deliberately wasn't available to [the media Tuesday] because I don't believe it's in anyone's interest to have duelling premiers.

Industry advocates will look to British Columbia's government for solutions to the ban, Prodan said, including better access to shelf space in government-run liquor stores.

Horgan responded to the announcement by urging Alberta to "step back from this threatening position" and vowing to stand with B.C. wine producers. "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".

That would have meant he'd have to articulate a response to the conflict between Edmonton and Victoria that took into account the necessity of regional symmetry.

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The analogy sums up the crux of a trade dispute now spiralling in hostility and scale between Alberta and British Columbia. "I would like to thank her for standing up for Alberta". "No one wants a trade fight between two provinces".

But it shouldn't be up to Alberta to enforce Canada's Constitution.

"I think that asserting their federal jurisdiction in whatever manner they determine is most effective and most appropriate is something I'll be looking for, so that we get past the words of support to the actions of support that we're all chasing hard".

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 opposition to this pipeline is deep, especially in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island, just as it would be in Alberta if this same thing was being attempted by the federal government.

But somebody got to do something to force the federal government's hand, said policy and advocacy manager Reg Warkentin.

"We are intending to, and going to, be following through on building that pipeline".

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