By The Canadian Press on February 8, 2018.
VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s premier says his government is reviewing its options and standing up for its citizens when it comes to a trade war with Alberta.
John Horgan says the province was already seeking new markets for B.C. wines in Asia before Alberta banned the products earlier this week.
He says he’ll continue standing up for the province’s wine industry, including on a trip to Washington state next month where he’ll talk about increasing the market south of the border.
The wine prohibition was the latest escalation of a dispute between the two provinces over the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has said her province imported about 17 million bottles of B.C. wine last year, with an estimated value of $70 million.
Horgan says his government is also looking into whether there have been any violations of inter-provincial trade agreements, and will take action when appropriate.
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