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Alberta – B.C. Conflict Spills Over Into Wine Industry

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February 7, 2018 at 10:37 am - Home, Local News
By Erika Chorostil

In 2017, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission imported more than $70 million worth of wine from B.C.

On Tuesday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced that the AGLC will immediately halt importing wines from the neighbouring province.

The move is a direct response to B.C.’s recent announcement that they will halt bitumen shipments through the Trans Mountain pipeline, as the battle over the Kinder Morgan pipeline rages on.

In Whitecourt, CJ’s Liquor Store has a large selection of B.C. wine. Owner Julie Hemmerling on if this could lead to a lot of empty space on the store’s shelves.

She believes that this is a move that Albertans will get behind.

Notley said Tuesday she doesn’t believe this will violate the New West Partnership or the Canada Free Trade Agreement. She also says that Alberta is still working on a legal challenge when it comes to the Trans Mountain Pipeline and would have more details on that in the next little while.

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