Trans Mountain CEO Calls on Feds to Act in Pipeline Dispute

Ann Santiago
February 9, 2018

On Wednesday, Premier John Horgan said he "will not be distracted" by the neighbouring province's "retaliatory" moves. On his way to the US for a four-day trip in San Francisco, including a meeting with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, eBay CEO Devin Wenig and other tech leaders, Trudeau said he will stand up for the national interest. "I have made it clear to both of them the interest of British Columbia are my responsibility, I take very seriously and I will be resolute in protecting the interest of this great province".

The comments from both premiers come after Alberta announced Tuesday that it's banning wine from British Columbia because of B.C.'s plans to limit how much diluted bitumen can be shipped from its coast.

The pipeline in question is the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline that has been in talks for a while but has also been subject to serious speculation in regards to the environment.

"B.C. wines are probably our number one selling wine category that we have".

"Alberta doesn't grow grapes, so they don't do wine". "We're very supportive of it. I have to say that the actions of the Premier of British Columbia are consistent with trade agreements that we have signed province to province as well as nationally". "How ridiculous. Do we then cancel Alberta beef?"

But just last week Horgan suggested the opposite: it would be "premature" for Alberta to file a legal challenge against B.C. because "there's nothing to take to court".

"I will say that our office has been in touch with the wine institute and other suppliers, as well Lana Popham, our Minister of Agriculture, has been reaching out to growers across the Okanagan to say we stand with our wine industry; it is a quality product". "So what Notley is effectively asking for is Horgan's resignation".

But we British Columbians cherish our coastline, just as Albertans cherish their oil. Fodor, who is originally from B.C., now lives in Alberta and dreamt for years of opening his own winery. "Otherwise, I would examine other markets like Saskatchewan or Manitoba or B.C".

Alberta boycotts BC wine in pipeline dispute

The B.C. side is expected to lay out the Horgan government's rationale for its proposed move against Alberta oil. "That said, investor patience is a whole different matter". It's the playground attitude of, "Well, I'm taking my toys and I'm going home".

A Global News report says the AGLC has about 30 to 35 days worth of B.C. wine in their warehouse.

"I think they need to think before they speak or act and realize this does affect small businesses in Alberta and consumers who are trying to support the Canadian economy in general", he said.

"This really does impact our ability to grow in a sustainable way because although we are predominantly natural gas, people do put oil and gas together when they make decisions", Ackerman said.

"The small independent wine makers, family-run businesses; this is their only livelihood".

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

"The premier has stumbled into this reckless trade war with Alberta, he's the one who pushed the wine sector into the line of fire", said Stewart. "Whatever it is they do, they are Albertans, so this is an action by the Alberta government that is actually going to hurt Alberta".


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