British Columbia won’t be retaliating for Alberta’s boycott on BC wine.
Premier John Horgan says he won’t be responding to what he calls the “provocation” from Alberta premier Rachael Notley over the bitumen battle.
“I would hope we’ve seen the end of the back and forth. I deliberately wasn’t available to you (media) Tuesday because I don’t believe it’s in anyone’s interest to have dueling premiers,” Horgan told a news conference in Victoria.
Horgan says BC is well within its rights to consult with residents about the consequences of an oil spill tied to the Trans Mountain expansion, a process expected to take a few months.
“That’s not provocative. It’s not starting anything. The premier of Alberta has taken a course, but I’m not going to be distracted by that. I’m going to focus on the things that matter to British Columbians,” adds Horgan.
The BC Wine Institute says Alberta is the BC’s second biggest wine market, with sales of 160 million dollars a year.
President Miles Prodan says it Alberta’s action will hurt small family-owned wineries, and could impact tourism, with fewer Albertans visiting BC wineries.