In an ironic twist, British Columbia’s wine industry is looking to tap Asian markets for its blends after being banned in the Alberta market.
The spat began in January when B.C. proposed new environmental rules, seen by critics as a ploy to frustrate Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s plans to connect Alberta’s oilsands to Asian markets by expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley moved swiftly to cancel negotiations to purchase hydroelectricity from B.C. and block the flow of B.C. wine across the Rockies as retaliatory measures.