As much as I abhor political games, I find your editorial piece as nothing more than pandering to the local B.C. Wine producer community.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who you so eloquently stated should know better, is, in fact playing by the rules.
The only folks that are not playing by the rules, is the B.C. Premier John Horgan, fueled by a host of other rule breakers, namely the Green Party, First Nations and other individuals that are advocating for the environment.
Everyone has had a chance to have their say in the approval process for the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. The federal government has signed off on it, as had the B.C .provincial government, prior to the NDP/Green alliance coming to power. The only way the current B.C. government has moral license to overturn this decision is by referendum. Remember, they were not voted by the people to govern.
This project was given the go-ahead. Unfortunately, Horgan had to throw Andrew Weaver and the Greens a bone as a favour for not voting non-confidence over the decision to go ahead with Site C. It also ticks all the boxes for the First Nations and environmentalist to have another kick at Kinder Morgan, in hopes that they will do the same thing to Trans Canada pipeline, who give up over all BS and red tape pushed on Energy East. If you recall, this pipeline was opposed by the Quebec government and the most vocal person, then mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre.
What does Alberta to do in a situation where they can only sell their product to one buyer and that buyer only pays half of what it is worth because they know there is no competition for the product? There would not be a wine industry in B.C. if they had to play by the same rules.
As much as I dislike Rachel Notley, she is only protecting the interest of Albertans, and Canada by proxy. Alberta has been the economic engine of the country for many years. Albertans feel extremely disrespected by Horgan, and they are angry as hell over this political posturing. The B.C. Wine boycott is the tip of the iceberg in their opinion.
In my opinion, the B.C. wine industry should be holding people like MP Richard Canning’s feet to the fire to put pressure on Horgan to abandon this childish political nonsense.