… Alberta’s ban on B.C. wine… folks in B.C. have already suggested that the province stop importing beef from its neighbour to the east…
Why a budding B.C.-Alberta trade war feels almost inevitable
Opinion: Alberta’s ban on B.C. wine is a declaration of war—and Canada’s political tradition suggests that’s where this is now headed
David Moscrop, Opinion, Maclean's (Canada)
February 7, 2018
On Tuesday morning, the vines west of the Rocky Mountains quietly met the grey British Columbia morning, as they often do. By the end of the day, the peace would be broken by the firing of the first salvo in what my colleague Stewart Prest called the War of the Rosés.
On Tuesday afternoon, Alberta’s NDP premier, Rachel Notley, announced that she was banning the import of B.C. wine to Alberta, under the authority of her province’s Gaming and Liquor Commission. The closing of the spigot is in response to the decision by neighbouring premier John Horgan—also a New Democrat—to consider limiting bitumen passing from Wildrose country into his province.
These are the sparks that might ignite a trade war. If that happens, the economic cost of the conflict could reach into the billions. Indeed, Alberta is considering further measures, including cutting the electricity trade between the provinces, and plenty of folks in B.C. have already suggested that the province stop importing beef from its neighbour to the east; Horgan himself has already hinted at the possibility. Meanwhile...
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