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

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"I will be resolute in protecting this great province", Horgan said in his first public comments since Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced a provincial boycott of British Columbia wine, worth tens of millions of dollars.

Last week, B.C.'s NDP government proposed regulations that would prevent increased shipments of diluted bitumen through the province pending further study of how the extra-thick crude behaves when spilled in water.

Horgan feels this is not a trade war and he's not threatening any retaliatory actions against our neighbours and that includes a ban on Alberta beef. Ms. Notley had also suspended talks on electricity imports from British Columbia.

Collins said she holds no sour grapes towards B.C. wineries and will bring the wines back to her menu once the pipeline dispute is resolved. "I never wanted to be the nexus of a trade dispute between provinces, but it's certainly speaking to the severity of the matter", Anderson, an Alberta resident, told Stephen Quinn on CBC's The Early Edition.

While the dispute between B.C. and Alberta simmered Wednesday, reaction continued to boil.

"I hope that you will consider the severity and effect of the actions your minister has proposed and that you will accept my offer to meet with you to discuss these and any other matters relating to the operations of our company in B.C".

"I have no intention of responding each day to events in other jurisdictions", said Horgan.
"We're going to focus on the issues that matters to British Columbians and hope that cooler heads on the other side of the Rockies prevail".

But the policy creates significant uncertainty for the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain project that would close to triple the capacity of the pipeline system.


Kinder Morgan is also awaiting approval on its final route for the pipeline expansion before it can begin construction.

Canada doesn't have a free provincial trade agreement, he said, so it's rare for trade wars to happen between them. And I know that our decision will have an impact on some small businesses.

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission will step up enforcement of direct sales from B.C. wineries to consumers in her province, she added.

"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. "And it requires a clear and unequivocal response", Notley said.

"We're making sure we come to the right place that's in the national interest for Canada", he said.

Pressure is mounting on the Trudeau government to intervene, and to do more to get the pipeline they approved actually built.

If Trudeau does not heed Scheer's calls to come back to Canada, he will continue his USA tour with stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The coming changes help illustrate the difficulty the Liberals have had trying to claim middle ground on the environment and the economy, said Stubbs.

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