Trans Mountain CEO Calls on Feds to Act in Pipeline Dispute

Randolph Lopez
February 8, 2018

Alberta is the most important market for B.C. wine after B.C. itself, says the institute, and a recent poll conducted by the Canada Vintners' Association indicates that 85 per cent of Albertans support interprovincial direct-to-customer wine shipping. He maintains his focus right now is on this month's budget. "And nor will I be distracted by the events that are taking place in other jurisdictions".

"I applaud the prime minister's early signals, but his leadership and ongoing stewardship over this situation must be maintained", said Pallister.

"Obviously, we're going to continue to make sure that we're standing up for the national interest", he said.

"We are calling on the premier to think very serious about the severity of the actions and the path that they're undertaking here".

"We are a small family-run business and it's a huge amount of our volume that we project for the year and is now selling".

Horgan said he spoke with Notley last week, but has not spoken to her since she announced the wine boycott on Tuesday.

The NDP minister of agriculture, Lana Popham, briefly indicated a possible response Tuesday when reporters caught up with her during a previously scheduled tour of Okanagan wineries. "That would not be something we would support or would advocate for and I don't believe it's something that we would even consider".

"They should take it through the courts, which would be the normal channel", Romand said. He said he hope to see the end of the back and forth debate, adding that he doesn't think it is in anyone's interests to have duelling premiers. This escalation of the pipeline dispute is "entirely in the hands of Premier Notley, not me..."

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We know that when Quebec-based Bombardier was threatened in a trade dispute Prime Minister Trudeau cancelled an aircraft order with Boeing and released future military procurement policy that factors in Canada's economic interests. "But at the end of the day, that's secondary to my obligations to the people of British Columbia".

If the point of the British Columbia government's continuing tantrums against bitumen pipelines is to get proponent Kinder Morgan Canada quit in frustration, it's not working.

"Obviously we are extremely concerned about it", she said. "I think it's rank stupidity and again reflects the problems with inter-provincial trade".

"I'm also encouraging all Albertans next time you're thinking about ordering a glass of wine, think of our energy workers".

"With booze, because it's a monopoly wholesaler owner by the government, it can easily change its purchasing decision". In response, Notley this week ordered the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission to stop its purchases of British Columbia wine, which amount to more than 17 million bottles a year, worth about $70 million wholesale and more than double that in retail.

Anderson said he sent a letter this week to Horgan about his concerns for the province's plans and its implications for the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain project that would nearly triple the capacity of the pipeline.

"Just because our provincial government has taken a stand doesn't mean I am going to jump on the bandwagon and go along with it", he said. She has also threatened that after wine, Alberta may look to stop BC craft beer from heading east.

Whatever happens, the dispute offers Trudeau big risk and reward, said Tom Bateman, associate political science professor at New Brunswick's St. Thomas University. Deputy federal Conservative leader Lisa Raitt said Trudeau has the constitution on his side when exerting federal power to get construction underway.

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