Ads and injunction in BC-Alberta dispute

Rachel Notley. Image David J. Climenhaga

Rachel Notley. Image David J. Climenhaga

$7.4-billion pipeline expansion project - a move that prompted Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to announce a boycott on Alberta importing B.C. wines.

"We believe it is our right to take appropriate measures to protect our environment, economy and our coast from the drastic outcome of a diluted bitumen spill", said British Columbia Premier John Horgan in a statement.

In the meantime, B.C. will not proceed with proposed regulatory restrictions on the increase of diluted bitumen transportation.

To that end, Horgan is assembling a legal team to ask the courts if B.C. has the jurisdictional grounds to limit inter-provincial trade of commodities such as crude oil - something the Alberta and federal governments both dispute.

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The BC Wine Institute president goes on to say that the 276 wineries and 923 grape growers in the province provide over 12,000 people with jobs, and due to the continued political situation, they are now at risk.

Alberta's government responded by suspending electricity talks, halting imports of B.C. wine, forming a task force and launching an online campaign against the proposal.

"I believe the federal government and the government of Alberta do not understand the depth of feeling that the transport of diluted bitumen has in B.C.", Horgan said. "This is not about trade", he said.

The Alberta Government also placed full page ads in five British Columbia newspapers on Wednesday. The B.C. government is against expansion of Kinder Morgan Canada's pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, although it has already been approved by the federal government.

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That's a similar line to the one being used by the B.C. Wine Institute.

The two provinces have traded shots this month over whether B.C. should be allowed to restrict the flow of Alberta's oil through the province to the Pacific coast.

Albas said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to take action to resolve the dispute between Alberta and British Columbia.

We have quite a ridiculous, regrettable situation in British Columbia.

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The ads come days after Notley threatened to ramp up her retaliatory actions against B.C. over Premier John Horgan's vocal opposition to the pipeline.

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