Ralston said B.C. chose the CFTA to dispute Alberta's actions, rather than the NewWest Partnership, a trade agreement of the four Western provinces, because Alberta's boycott raises issues of a national interest "that should be considered by every jurisdiction in the federation". He said Alberta will fight the court application and won't back away from any of its ongoing actions.
The B.C. Wine Institute said it has told the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission that it will seek a court injunction in Calgary as early as Monday to halt the two-week-old ban pending a legal review of its constitutionality.
The move was made as a response to the British Columbia government's position on the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
"People of British Columbia look to their government to make sure that a diluted bitumen spill will not adversely affect our economy, our environment or our future".
The Trans Mountain expansion was approved by Canada in 2016, but has been repeatedly delayed by permitting issues.
He says there are 276 wineries and 923 grape growers, which employ more than 12,000 people.
"The message is getting through in B.C. They've had a week of a wine ban where our producers have been waiting for years and decades in fact for a new pipeline to tidewater", he said. "All Canadians should be concerned, because if wine can be prohibited based on its province of origin, so can any product from any other province", says Prodan.
"These are mostly small family owned operations that ultimately had nothing to do with this trade dispute that we've been brought into", said McWatters-Bond, who has been affected by the ban personally.
The institute says it has notified the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission that it will challenge the constitutionality of the ban, imposed February 6.
Albas said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to take action to resolve the dispute between Alberta and British Columbia. "But free trade is critically important". This intergovernmental trade agreement was set up to reduce and eliminate barriers to trade between the provinces.
When asked which province - B.C., which wants to delay the project for environmental reasons, or Alberta, which wants to avoid delays for economic reasons - is making the more compelling argument, Canadians are evenly split, with 50 per cent saying each province's government is more persuasive.
This amount would not come close to recovering the losses wineries will experience while wine sales are banned in Alberta.