As part of the USMCA, BC grocers need to make room for US wines.
Expressing frustration over protracted contract negotiations, workers at the Quebec Liquor Corp. are obscuring wine and liquor bottle labels and price stickers as a protest.
Comeau decision supports provincial legislation that controls liquor supplies and protecting health and safety.
Alberta takes in 20% of all bottles produced in BC, making it the province’s biggest customer.
Salvo is part of a bitter tussle over the expansion of bitumen shipments through the Trans Mountain pipeline.
Alberta premier has already suspended talks to buy BC electricity and has banned BC wines.
Trying not to get in the middle of the spat but he has reiterated government approved the pipeline and is going to get it built.
Doesn’t think the dispute will be solved by trade measures that impact consumers and private businesses.
Rules that ban imported wine from grocery store shelves called an unfair advantage.
Allowing only BC wines to be sold in grocery stores called discriminatory.
Food inspection agency had not fully considered the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement.
Government seeks shelf for American winemakers to level the playing field.
Will assist growing industry by building knowledge and expertise.
Australia cites gains made by the EU in its CETA agreement.
EU duties on panels it alleges are dumped set to jump to 47% in August.