BC wine industry cautiously optimistic as Alberta lifts ban

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"This is about the right for British Columbians to be heard, it's about the right for British Columbians to have a government that will stand up for (them)".

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has been a strong advocate for the expansion project that could generate in excess of $46.7 billion in federal revenue over the next 20 years - including more than $5 billion in B.C.

Under federal liquor laws provinces essentially have an "absolute right" to regulate what is and isn't being consumed, he said, yet the ban violates the spirit the Canada Free Trade Agreement.

"It's not as if (the challenge) is going to resolve the issue or have a next step immediately", Finlayson said. "We hope that they do".

Prodan also noted that an estimated 25 per cent of space on Alberta liquor store shelves is for B.C. wines.

"In a small way, BC blinked", Notley is reported to have said, though as statements go it is hardly convincing.

"Once that's lost, it's not an easy return".

"Our patience will not last forever", Notley said last week. The B.C. NDP's reliance on three Green Party MLAs to remain in power, increased pressure on the Horgan government to act.

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Despite the federal government's multiple approvals of the expansion - once in 2017, and again in February under the new approval process, debate has taken a tense turn in the political arena in recent weeks, pitting the once cordial neighbouring provinces against each other.

Prodan called that a welcome, but long-term, prospect.

When asked which province - B.C., which wants to delay the project for environmental reasons, or Alberta, which wants to avoid delays for economic reasons - is making the more compelling argument, Canadians were evenly split 50-50.

There are more than 270 wineries and 923 grape growers in B.C. Roughly 12,000 people depend on the industry, which contributes about $2.77 billion to the provincial economy. "We've seen numerous precedents that suggest we're in the right, so that's why we're going this route", said Horgan, referring to the decision to take the issue to court. We'll see them in a courtyard.

Alberta is popping the cork on B.C. wine, with the province lifting a ban imposed in defence of the $7.4-billlion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

At the end of January, B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman announced a five-point plan that was essentially created to prevent the $7.4 billion expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

British Columbia's wine body is seeking an injunction against Alberta in the ongoing Sherwood Park-based Trans Mountain pipeline-reaction trade war.

Legal authorities, as well as the Alberta and Trudeau governments, insist regulation of interprovincial pipelines falls under federal authority and B.C. lacks the legal muscle to back up its restriction. Constitutional experts generally agreed, although since B.C. hadn't actually announced a policy - just talked about it - there wasn't really anything to test in the courts.

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