Canadians split about Alberta-BC pipeline war: Angus Reid poll

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While Alberta will suspend the ban on B.C. wine imports, Notley left open the door for renewed retaliation, if necessary.

Premier Horgan announced his provincial government would be moving forward with consultation around four bitumen spill safeguards while referring only to the courts the outstanding issue around B.C.'s constitutional right to protect B.C.'s coast.

Notley couldn't say exactly when the wine ban, which industry representatives claim has already cost B.C. wine producers more than $1 million, will be lifted. We're feeling confident there.

"This is meant to have cooler heads prevail", B.C. Premier John Horgan said Thursday.

Despite the federal government's multiple approvals of the expansion - once in 2017, and again in February under the new approval process, debate has taken a tense turn in the political arena in recent weeks, pitting the once cordial neighbouring provinces against each other.

At the end of January, B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman announced a five-point created to prevent the $7.4 billion expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

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"We knew that we had enough inventory in the province to last for at least a month, so it would have obviously been critical had the ban gone on longer", she said Friday from Penticton.

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.

The fifth point proposed restricting increases in bitumen shipments until more spill studies are completed - a move that prompted Alberta's boycott on B.C. wine.

The Horgan government is opposed to expansion of the pipeline, which would carry more bitumen to the B.C. coast for export via ocean tankers. "It's taken us a long time to get the selection of B.C. wine that we now have - and I understand if they're not selling to Alberta, they have buyers elsewhere". Over the weekend, Horgan's government announced it will challenge that decision in the Federal Court.

"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. This past Wednesday, the marketing and governance organization made up of the bulk of B.C.'s wineries sent out a media release stating they'd be taking legal action to challenge the constitutionality of the ALGC's ban. They're not interested in that, so we're going it alone.

Last year, Albertans bought 7.2 million bottles of BC wine in their province, spending around $70 million dollars.

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