Saskatchewan’s new premier is supporting Alberta’s fight against B.C. over pipelines, but won’t step into the wine war.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced the province will be banning imports of wine from B.C.
This trade sanction is in retaliation to the B.C. government’s announcement of limiting the increase of diluted bitumen, which will effectively block the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe released a statement on Facebook explaining the provincial government has no plans to follow suit with trade measures.
“While we have previously stated that Saskatchewan will support Alberta in defending against this attack on our energy industry, Saskatchewan has no plans to participate in retaliatory measures that would be in contravention of our trade commitment. We do not believe this matter will be resolved by trade measures that will primarily impact consumers and private businesses.”
Moe wrote the B.C. government “has no legal jurisdiction or justification to delay or impede the construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.”
He went on to say the Saskatchewan government will consider all legal options falling within the trade agreements between provinces.
The $7.4 billion pipeline project for Kinder Morgan has already been approved by the federal government in 2016.