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The B.C. Wine Institute announced today, February 21 they will be seeking an injunction challenging the constitutionality of the ban imposed by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.

But Kenney said Alberta needs to keep up the pressure on B.C. Premier John Horgan as he attempts to sidetrack the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a $7.4-billion project that will triple the amount of oil moving from Alberta to the Pacific coast.

Notley imposed the ban in retaliation for a January 30 pledge by Horgan's government to reject increased levels of oil through the Trans Mountain pipeline until the province reviews spill safety measures.

"Indeed, the strongest opposition to the pipeline's expansion is found not in B.C., but Quebec", Angus Reid said.

Horgan's government has been fighting the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline - which got the green light from the federal government in late 2016 - and Notley's government views the move as a back door way to kill the project by strangling its financial viability. Notley, who has also scuttled talks to buy BC electricity, says she will take further retaliatory action this week if there is no progress in talks.

Although B.C. never spelled out how it meant to restrict the flow of oil, the announcement was interpreted as an effort to smother the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is already struggling with delays.

A recent dinner at Vancouver's Edible Canada dubbed "Farm Friends", for example, saw B.C. wineries come together to present a cross-section of their wines paired with Alberta food.

"We welcome the Alberta government's decision to suspend the prohibition", said President of BC Wine, Miles Prodan.

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Federal officials have been meeting with their B.C. counterparts to find a solution to the impasse.

Horgan said his efforts to safeguard B.C.'s interests generated a disproportionate reaction from Alberta that put an entire industry and the livelihoods of people who depend on it at risk.

But one can only be friendly and charitable in the face of such adversity for so long, and after almost three weeks of the ban, the B.C. Wine Institute indicated it had had enough. But on the fifth, his government will wait for a ruling from the courts.

"This afternoon, B.C. said they were shelving their threat to regulate what flows through a federally-approved pipeline", said Notley."B.C. never had the right to begin with".

"They have no jurisdiction and no authority to try and limit what goes in a pipeline, that is a federal jurisdiction, so they need to quit holding Alberta hostage and quit holding Canadians hostage", said Bilous.

And B.C.'s wine industry says the retail value of the sector in Alberta is $160 million and approximately 30 per cent of wine sold in Alberta is produced or bottled in B.C.

Wine is a $2.8-billion-per-year business for B.C. that supports 12,000 jobs at 929 vineyards and 350 licensed wineries, according to provincial statistics.


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