Alberta beef boycott would have been 'banning our own product': BC Cattlemen

Katrina Barker
February 8, 2018

"What we are looking for and what I've communicated clearly to Ottawa and to [the Prime Minister's] office is we need them to continue to stand behind the jurisdiction that they have on this project, the national interest determination that they made, however that is necessarily actioned", Kinder Morgan Canada President Ian Anderson told BNN on Wednesday.

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

"Here in British Columbia right now, we are not set up currently to feed and finish the number of cattle we produce to the end, and we don't have a federally inspected packing facility", Boon explained.

"This is one good step to waking B.C. up to the fact that they can't attack our industry without a response from us", Notley said Tuesday following a meeting with her cabinet.

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.

"I'm proud of B.C.'s wine industry and of the B.C. NDP government's commitment to consult on the best ways to protect our lands and waters", said Cook.

Given the unique regulatory circumstances of alcohol, which are now being challenged at the Supreme Court, Tombe points out that beer imports from B.C. would be another obvious target for retaliation.

Notley said the decision to halt imports wasn't taken lightly. 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. "It's well known that premier Notley and I have been friends in the past". Enough what-ifs to make you wonder: if we're increasing the volume and frequency of transport of a risky hydrocarbon toxic to all life forms, therefore statistically increasing the probability of a serious spill, why wouldn't we know the answers beforehand? And that's my only focus in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Monte Creek Ranch Winery just outside of Kamloops has been shipping wine to Alberta for two years and confirmed to CFJC Today the ban went into effect for them Wednesday morning. With a throne speech next week, he said he would not be distracted, and he hopes "cooler heads on the other side of the Rockies will prevail".

"Obviously we are extremely concerned about it", she said.

"It is outrageous and petty that (Alberta Premier) Rachel Notley is using B.C. wine producers as pawns in her attempt to start a trade war", said B.C. Green candidate Robert Stupka.

The two other Western provinces expressed concern about the trade dispute between neighbours.

The comments come amid a growing trade battle between Alberta and British Columbia over the project, which would almost triple crude shipments on the line to 890,000 barrels per day.

"I don't blame Alberta for taking retaliatory measures".

"It wasn't an easy decision".

Last week, Notley said Alberta was suspending further talks on power purchase agreements with B.C. worth up to $500 million annual to that province's coffers.

Trudeau said in Edmonton last week he wasn't going to wade into "disagreements between the provinces in this case" but that his government approved the pipeline and was going to get it built.

"I'm expecting the federal government to help solve this dispute between the provinces. Think of our province, and maybe choose some terrific Alberta craft beer instead".

"Ms. Notley is simply acting like any other establishment politician up for re-election".

Conservative MP Lisa Raitt says it's time for Trudeau to do something.

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