The BC government is challenging Alberta’s ban on BC wines.
Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology Bruce Ralston says the province is launching a formal trade dispute through the Canadian Free Trade Agreement’s settlement process.
Ralston says BC is asking for consultations under the agreement with the Alberta government, saying Alberta’s move to boycott wine is inconsistent with the obligations under the CFTA.
“BC’s wine industry is an important contributor to our economy, creating good jobs and other economic benefits for people in B.C.,” Ralston said. “We’re standing by our wine producers and the communities that rely on this important industry by launching a formal trade dispute, and we are confident we will be successful.”
This will be the first formal dispute to occur under the new CFTA.
“Alberta’s actions threaten the livelihood of the families that have worked so hard to build B.C.’s world-class wine industry,” says Ralston. “These actions are inconsistent with Alberta’s obligations under the CFTA, and we will protect our reputation and the interests of British Columbians.”
In addition to this trade challenge, the Province is supporting BC’s wine industry by proclaiming April as B.C. Wine Month.
Government is also increasing opportunities to have BC wines in local *
BC’s wine industry employs about 12,000 people, and has an economic impact of $2.8 billion annually on the province.