Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced Tuesday her government will place an immediate boycott on B.C. wines. (CBC). Photo credit: www.cbc.ca
Premier Rachel Notley ups ante in spat over pipeline expansion
Alberta’s government will immediately boycott all imports of wines from British Columbia, Premier Rachel Notley announced Tuesday, escalating the inter-provincial spat over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.
The province’s tough stance follows B.C.’s call last week for further review of the oil-spill risk from the pipeline expansion, a move that could delay a project Alberta sees as vital to its economy.
Alberta first retaliated by suspending talks to buy B.C. electricity.
But Notley upped the stakes dramatically on Tuesday, saying the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) will immediately halt the import of all wines from its western neighbour. The AGLC controls almost all alcohol imports into the province, which are then sold through privately owned liquor stores.