Nova Scotia's premier says he's concerned by Alberta-BC pipeline dispute

Glen Norman
February 11, 2018

Premier Rachel Notley made the announcement on Tuesday, as the tensions over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline continue to escalate.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe backed Alberta in its fight but he cautioned against additional trade measures that hurt consumers and private businesses.

"Alberta doesn't grow grapes, so they don't do wine", said Ocenas.

At an event to announce Ottawa's new streamlined approval process for major natural resources projects, Jim Carr said B.C.is free to engage in consultations as it sees fit.

Horgan harrumphed that we should take his government to court if we're unhappy, But that advice cuts both ways.

While Alberta oil companies need the line to reach higher-paying offshore markets, it is opposed by many in B.C. who worry about spills on their land and coastline.

Notley said the wine boycott "is one good step to waking B.C. up to the fact that they can't attack our industry without a response".


"This action will harm the B.C. wine industry", Notley said.

"Whether or not the attitude in Alberta will reduce the number of sales we make to Alberta, I have no idea", he said.

The radical environmentalists who Notley assured would grant us social license for pipelines if she just taxed us a little harder are now mocking her for her embargo. There's great uncertainty about the safety of the product, there's also lots of concerns for health, and we've experienced it first-hand in British Columbia.

A sizable portion of B.C. beef production is sent to Alberta for finishing, which is the sort of thing that one might expect the province's agriculture minister to know. "My customers are still the same customers", she said.

Horgan said Wednesday it is not in anyone's interests to fuel the spat between the two provinces.

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.

Western Canada's "wine war" could cost small family owned farms millions of dollars, says an advocate for British Columbia's wine industry. "I would like to thank her for standing up for Alberta".


Right she was. Ben Stewart, the former B.C. Liberal MLA trying to win back the seat vacated by Christy Clark, was soon out with the appropriate news release.

"I don't believe it's in anyone's interest to have duelling premiers", Horgan said, and he criticized Notley for urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to intervene.

The week's exchanges on this issue also included a letter to Horgan from the pipeline operator, seeking a meeting and cautioning about the impact of the threatened regulations on the national economy.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister promoted open trade among the provinces as well in a statement, noting that the National Energy Board and the federal cabinet approved Trans Mountain after determining it was in the national interest. "The other thing this is going to be is that it's going to begin to cannibalize the B.C. market because the closer you the better the profitability".

Not a chance said Horgan.

Maybe so - but when it comes to the Trans Mountain pipeline dispute, the no-drama ship has officially sailed.

Meanwhile, senior federal and B.C. provincial officials were scheduled to meet in Vancouver on Thursday to discuss the issue.


While the dispute between B.C. and Alberta simmered Wednesday, reaction continued to boil.

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