No clear victor in BC-Alberta pipeline PR war


The restrictions would be in place, George Heyman said, until the behaviour of spilled bitumen could be studied and understood, and a new scientific panel the government would appoint could make recommendations.

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.

The entire issue had become a lose-lose for B.C., and this reality was beginning to dawn on the government. But the fact the NDP is trailing the Opposition United Conservative Party led by former federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney in public approval put similar pressure on the Notley government.

The Liberals claimed 17 B.C. seats in 2015 - almost all of them in the Metro Vancouver region, which has been the seat of some of the most vociferous opposition to the Trans Mountain project.

"I am confident that the court will not give B.C. rights it does not possess under our constitution".

Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley and Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau-quite the back-room couple aren't they?

Ms. Notley then began to channel Margaret Thatcher in the hours after the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands.

The B.C. Wine Institute is challenging the constitutionality of the ban announced by Premier Rachel Notley on February 6, and imposed by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.

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Province by province is slightly different not surprisingly Albertans are gung-ho at 82 per cent support while in British Columbia only 42 per cent of those surveyed support the project.

One newspaper columnist even called Notley Alberta's Iron Lady!

"We're proceeding with four points that are not contentious", Horgan told a news conference earlier Thursday.

"A three-day talk is in order here to resolve these issues", he said, calling on the two provinces and the federal government to sort out their differences cooperatively. "It's about the right of British Columbians to have a government that will stand up for its interests".

"The reason for doing it is that there's a violation of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (by Alberta), an important agreement signed by all provinces and territories", Ralston said in a scrum with reporters at the Legislature.

And a recent Angus Reid poll has found 50 per cent of the country supports B.C.'s to the pipeline project, while the other 50 per cent favours the Alberta government's side. "We have taken steps to protect our wine industry from the unwarranted trade action by the Government of Alberta".

The issue has always been a thorn in the side of beer, wine and liquor producers Canada-wide, because provincial governments control what booze can be sold in their jurisdiction.

"We sell thousands of cases into Alberta and we are a small family-run operation, so not being able to sell or fulfill orders is critical to our business", she said. And for B.C., it wasn't worth it.