In Canada is een wijnoorlog ontbrand. Omdat de provincies Alberta en British Columbia een conflict hebben over de aanleg van een olie-pijplijn, heeft Alberta besloten met onmiddellijke ingang geen Columbiaanse wijn meer te kopen. Voor B.C. betekent die boycot een schadepost van zo’n 160 miljoen Canadese dollars per jaar. Thedrinksbusiness meldt:
The clash concerns the building of an oil pipeline from Alberta to the Pacific Coast in BC known as the Kinder Morgan Trans Pipeline Expansion Project which although approved by the Federal government is being vigorously blocked by important constituencies in Vancouver through which it will pass (as does another, older Kinder Morgan pipeline).
The government in BC has promised to conduct a review and consult with communities over fears of damage to the environment caused by oil spills (the old pipeline has leaked on a number of occasions) but this stall is viewed negatively in Alberta where the pipeline is seen as vital to securing thousands of jobs.
Alberta’s premier, Rachel Notley, announced that sales of wine from the neighbouring province through the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission would be suspended immediately.
As reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Notley said: “The wine industry is very important to B.C. Not nearly as important as the energy industry is to Alberta and Canada, but important nonetheless.
“I know a lot of Albertans who love B.C. wine. Quite frankly, I’m one of them.”
Due to provincial monopolies and the still controversial laws that prevent private sales across provincial borders in Canada, Alberta which has no monopoly system is a key market for BC wines and the second biggest behind BC itself.
Around 30% of all wine sold in Alberta is from BC with a retail value of C$160 million.
The move was immediately condemned by BC’s premier, John Horgan, who released a written statement urging Alberta to, “step back from this threatening position” as we ass saying: “We stand with B.C. wine producers and will respond to the unfair trade actions announced today.”
The British Columbia wine Institute (BCWI) also released a statement expressing its surprise at the measure.
The statement read: “We are shocked that the Alberta Premier and Government are aggressively boycotting BC wineries over a yet-to-be-determined British Columbia government policy in a different sector.