Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Notley appoints 'task force' to advise on response to BC

Notley appoints 'task force' to advise on response to BC

But - and this is critical - in response to a reporter's question, the premier added that her government had other, bigger options it was prepared to unleash at strategic times if B.C. does not give up its plan to delay Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain extension with a new round of needless safety studies.

"We do get a lot of travellers coming through", Ensor said.

Construction began on the Westridge Marine Terminal where the pipeline ends in Burnaby, September 2017, but construction on the pipeline itself is still awaiting final permits and route approvals.

The two premiers haven't spoken since Notley announced her wine ban, but both have been discussing the pipeline issue with officials from the federal government.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has promised to pump the brakes on her developing trade dispute with British Columbia - but not for long.

But, Notley, correctly, would not say if or when her government might take such action.

"We appreciate that the federal government gets the ridiculousness of it as much as we do, but sitting back and letting B.C. threaten it and not doing anything to tell them to pull back the threat and stop walking around being ridiculous, that's the key objective we're seeking". Still, B.C. Premier John Horgan has to do something. About 95 per cent of Canadian wine sold in Alberta liquor stores comes from B.C.

She said on Tuesday her government will roll out an online campaign "so that Albertans and Canadians who want to voice their support for a strong economy and a strong environment can do so to the B.C. and Canadian governments".

A ban on imports of B.C. wine from the province's neighbour to the east.

Black isn't too concerned that Ottawa might use the $2.2 billion in federal funding for public transit in the Lower Mainland as leverage against B.C. But he is anxious that B.C. ports and the Asia-Pacific Gateway strategy could be vulnerable both to trade sanctions from Alberta and to restrained federal infrastructure spending. "This is a very crucial element of our economy, and we can not see it continue to grow the way that it has in the last 10 years without additional, very meaningful investment from the federal government".

Notley also announced Friday the creation of a high-profile task force aimed at defending Alberta jobs from B.C.'s "attack" on Trans Mountain, although she has not specified how the group will act. Trudeau has said he doesn't plan on wading into the inter-provincial spat, but that Kinder Morgan will be built. Notley called it unconstitutional since the federal government approved the $7.5 billion pipeline expansion project.

"This issue now sits, I think, squarely on the shoulders of Justin Trudeau", he said.

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