Kelowna chamber calls for cooler heads in Alberta-BC battle


"You've got this direct shipping option, and it's generally cheaper". Keep in mind to update your bookmarks.

To be clear, Trudeau could not have done anything to resolve the Alberta-B.C. feud in a manner that reflects his commitment to see the Trans Mountain project succeed that he would not have been willing or able to replicate in a battle against Quebec and potentially Ontario.

But the irony is that a ban on BC wine imports hurts conservative and centrist parts of BC in the Okanagan. "They didn't really have anything to do with this conflict".

It's the province's latest effort to put pressure on the B.C. government to stand down on environmental regulations it announced on January 30 - ones that would restrict increase shipments of diluted bitumen, potentially hindering Kinder Morgan's $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

"It's sheer lunacy and I'm hoping that that's what the premier going for because also banning a pipeline in lunacy", said Cheesecake Cafe owner Jay Hitchen. "I believe the previous provincial government was in support of it and now there's an issue over it", he says.

"We've moved forward on a plan that demonstrates that the economy and the environment must go together ... and we're going to get our resources to market safely and securely". He does have some heavy constitutional weapons to deploy, but there are other events that are more likely to happen first.

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission is a little different from the rest of the provinces, Hynes-Dawson said in a brief interview Wednesday.

"The question now that begs to be answered is, 'Is the demand for B.C. wines going to fall off?'"

"But there's no link between the production of oil and wine", the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions director told Metro.

"The implications of such a threat strike directly at the heart of our country's oil and natural gas producers, and producing provinces, energy customers in the Lower Mainland, Canada, USA and overseas, and the men and women who earn a living supporting the energy industry in this country", wrote Kinder Morgan Canada CEO Ian Anderson.

The pipeline fight between Alberta and BC is out of hand, both are NDP governments and both are fighting for support from their respective provinces. The expansion also faces court challenges.

Not a chance said Horgan.

"That's a rather big ask; I don't think that Horgan can back down".

On Wednesday Trudeau was in Chicago, where he met with business and political leaders before giving a speech to students at the University of Chicago.

"It looks like Horgan has wisely not taken the bait", he told Metro, "at least (he) indicated he has no intention to escalate it".

Meanwhile, senior federal and B.C. provincial officials were scheduled to meet in Vancouver on Thursday to discuss the issue.

His B.C. Liberal opponent, Ben Stewart, who owns and operates Quails' Gate Estate Winery in West Kelowna, called Notely's decision to punish B.C. wineries over the pipeline dispute "the ugly side of political decisions". "We can do that by boycotting BC wine", tweeted Notely on Tuesday.

That's a message Notley herself is selling to Albertans.