Trade wars: when booze gets banned

A crude question

The most recent wine ban occurred, albeit briefly, only last month when the two western Canadian provinces of Alberta and BC clashed over the extension of an oil pipeline to the Pacific coast.

Briefly: oil-producing Alberta wants the Kinder Morgan pipeline extension to go ahead as it will create jobs and the current BC government which relies on the Green party to give it a slender majority has taken against it on environmental grounds.

On 7 February therefore, Alberta’s premiere, Rachel Notley, announced a complete ban on all wine imports from BC.

BC protested and then, towards the end of the month, when premier John Horgan agreed to further talks, the ban was lifted.

So not very dramatic in the grander scheme of things but perhaps an indication of the growing importance of the BC wine industry that it’s deemed worthy of political sanction – even at an intra-provincial level.

One Response to “Trade wars: when booze gets banned”

  1. Bourbon saw a growth spurt in the Revolutionary War at the cost of rum.
    Cause: The British blockaded the routes to and fro the Caribbean, so molasses
    and rum could not get to Boston etc.
    Before the war, rum was the favorite tipple of the Americans when it came to liquor.

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