West Kelowna – By pushing BC wine producers into the cross-fire of his self-inflicted trade war with Alberta, John Horgan is putting at risk thousands of jobs and small businesses – prompting many to wonder which industry will be next.
“The premier has stumbled into this reckless trade war with Alberta, he’s the one who pushed the wine sector into the line of fire, and our craft brewery industry looks to be the next target,” says Kelowna West BC Liberal candidate Ben Stewart. “We need to stop this wine war, as it doesn’t benefit anyone and only threatens more jobs – particularly for smaller and newer wine producers who rely heavily on the Alberta market. We don’t need the BC NDP escalating this petty war between NDP governments — with the Okanagan paying the price for their posturing.”
Stewart was responding to Premier Horgan and Agricultural Minister Lana Popham saying they will defend B.C. business after Alberta announced it will stop purchasing B.C. wine due to the BC NDP’s attempts to further delay the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
“As British Columbians work hard to build businesses and provide for their families, we need to continue the work of growing their access to diverse markets – not see them cut off,” says Stewart. “The federal government has already made the decision on Trans Mountain, and the BC NDP’s political games are going to put agriculture jobs at risk. On February 14, Kelowna West residents can send a message that it’s time for the BC NDP to stop the wine war and stand up for B.C. jobs, by voting BC Liberal.”
The B.C. wine industry’s $2.8 billion economic impact is a significant driver of the province’s economy and more than 12,000 people in every region, of the province have jobs as a result of this industry.