As retaliation for BC premier John Horgan banning increased exports of Alberta oil sands from the BC Coast, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has put a stop to the import of BC wines into Alberta.
The radical environmentalists who Notley assured would grant us social license for pipelines if she just taxed us a little harder are now mocking her for her embargo.
Head of Greenpeace Canada and former Notley staffer Mike Hudema shared pictures of himself drinking BC wine and tweeted:
“Alberta's BC wine boycott is about a politician bullying small businesses on behalf of a giant Texas Oil Company because another government wanted more science”
Don't get me wrong; BC does need to be taught a lesson and I absolutely think boycotts and buycotts are effective.
But the irony is that a ban on BC wine imports hurts conservative and centrist parts of BC in the Okanagan. It’s the part of BC that supports pipelines and strong barrier-free inter-provincial trade. They're farmers and entrepreneurs. They're natural conservatives and Rachel Notley knows that.
Notley's boycott, on its face, seems poorly targeted at the wrong people, but it's actually quite smart, politically speaking, and it pains me to say that.
Watch as I explain why, and also explain how I know that she didn’t even try to handle this brewing dispute the right way when she had the chance when she was in Vancouver at the end of November.
Notley’s trip to BC was an image rehab trip for her, not a pipeline sales pitch for the people of Alberta.
It was all smoke and mirrors back then, just like her wine ban is now.