Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:07

Oil, wine and whine

Written by  Ryan Dahlman
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So, Premier Rachel Notley has said because B.C. government is holding up the $7.4 billion Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion and the federal government isn't really doing anything about it, so as a justified means to an end, Alberta is no longer importing B.C. wines.

Take that B.C. This ban on wine was in addition to Alberta no longer talking about purchasing electricity from B.C.
What's next for B.C. then, is a a Trump-like wall from keeping Albertans from hitting the Kicking Horse, Whistler and Sun Peaks ski resorts far behind?
It has been suggested that this is all Notley's roundabout, yet still aggressive way of trying to get Justin Trudeau to help in settling all of this Trans-Mountain pipeline project.
Can't we, as "peoplekind" — as our selfie-loving, Prime Minister puts it — just all get along?
Canada, internally, needs to be united as the U.S. has become very protectionist and as our country heads into a shifting global economy with markets coming and going. When agriculture, energy, manufacturing and trade officials are traveling globally, they need to have a solid backing from which to be based.
This is like parents travelling somewhere but hearing two children quarreling in the back seat.
"You started it""
"Did not!"
"Did too!"
Former Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was willing to "ban"  work vehicles with Alberta licence plates from Sask. provincial government worksites in what was described as Alberta's "protectionist" behavior on issues such as interprovincial movement and pricing on craft beer.
In essence, all of this is political terms it's called high stakes posturing. In layman's terms, it's a bunch of whining. Everyone wants to look like they are looking out for their province by demonstrating how tough negotiators they are.
In this case of whine...errr, it's a $75 million shortfall from Alberta for small B.C. wineries who have nothing to do with Trans-Mountain or bitumen. Saskatchewan said Wednesday, they will participate in the wine ban. No whining from Scott Moe.
Frankly it's all kinda childish. Just let Justin come in and fix it. The former drama teacher should be good at handling all of the theatrics being played in provincial politics. After all, it's what "peoplekind" is all about. Negotiate as civil politicians behind closed doors, not as arm-flexing public performers.
(Ryan Dahlman is the managing editor of the Prairie Post. Comments:email him at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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