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Canadians split on who to blame in BC-Alberta pipeline spat

Canadians split on who to blame in BC-Alberta pipeline spat”

In a statement released on February 7, Notley said that "no one wants a trade fight between two provinces, not Alberta, not B.C. Our country can't work like this, but if it takes this kind of action to get Ottawa to act, I'm afraid we have no choice but to stand up and defend Alberta's interests".

She announced Alberta will suspend its embargo on B.C. wine imports, which began earlier this month.

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In Alberta, meanwhile, 82% supported the province's position compared to 18 percent siding with B.C. This found the most support next door in Saskatchewan, with 70 percent in favour of Alberta's argument compared to 30 percent with B.C. The next highest level of support for Alberta was in Ontario, with 53 percent siding with the province compared to 47 percent aligning with B.C.

Leo Gebert said about 10 per cent of his wine is shipped to Alberta and any continuation of the ban could have crippled his business.

But she did issue a warning: "If it becomes clear that this action is part of a deliberate strategy to harass the pipeline and its investors with frivolous and unconstitutional legal challenges, we will act immediately to retaliate".

The constitutional rights and freedoms watchdog, Canadian Constitution Foundation, is also challenging the wine boycott.

"A three-day talk is in order here to resolve these issues", he said, calling on the two provinces and the federal government to sort out their differences cooperatively.

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Meanwhile, the strongest opposition to the pipeline's expansion is found not in B.C., but Quebec.

Moving ahead in the dispute, B.C.'s government said it plans to launch a legal challenge of the boycott on B.C. wine through the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, which went into effect a year ago.

"This point has generated disproportionate and unlawful reactions from the government of Alberta", Horgan said.

We don't know what pressures Ottawa was putting on the province to drop the demand, or make it go away by sending it to the courts.

Jasmine Skirten said she is a big supporter of Okanagan wine and is glad the ban is over.

"I believe we have the jurisdiction to proceed in all five areas", Horgan said. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has too much on his plate, with other pressing matters to attend to like his trip to India for world trade.

As for B.C.'s constitutional reference case, Notley expressed her doubts it will be successful. "Actions that threaten an entire industry and the livelihoods of the people who depend on it". They're not interested in that, so we're going it alone.

"I'm confident that the courts will not give B.C. rights it does not possess under our Constitution", she said.



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