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On the Alberta-B.C. trade war, where do you stand?

CBC Calgary’s The Homestretch and CBC British Columbia’s On The Coast jointly hosted a lively call-in show Tuesday afternoon and callers from both provinces dialed in to have their say.

CBC Radio hosted a joint call-in show Tuesday for both provinces, here's what some people had to say

B.C. Premier John Horgan says he wants more research into the effects of expanding the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says B.C. can keep its wine until the impasse is resolved. (Bottom left: CBC/All others: The Canadian Press)

British Columbia said last week it wants more research done on the effects of an expanded pipeline through their province.

Alberta responded on Tuesday, by telling B.C., it had lost the taste for their locally produced wine.

B.C. is now telling Alberta to drop the threatening posture, while a Calgary economist is calling a B.C. wine boycott a smart move on Alberta's part.

CBC Calgary's The Homestretch and CBC British Columbia's On The Coast jointly hosted a lively call-in show Tuesday afternoon and callers from both provinces dialed in to have their say.

The comments have been edited for brevity and clarity. You can listen to the complete segment right here.


Lawrence from Innisfail, Alta.

I support Rachel Notley and her government tremendously and completely for doing all the work to get this pipeline approved, something the Alberta government couldn't do in 44 years and the federal Conservatives couldn't do in 10 years.

The B.C. premier said he will use everything in his toolbox to stop it. What's wrong with Alberta using everything in their toolbox to get it through?

Until that pipeline crosses your border, you don't get a bottle of wine from me.

Drew from Burnaby, B.C.

I find it really disappointing. We all need oil, we all use oil, but her adversarial, almost childish, bullying style approach to this is kind of like a U.S. style.

I thought here in Canada we are better than that. We can negotiate things, we can talk things out. We are the good guys up here. Why do we need to escalate things and get two provinces fighting each other?

People want to be sure things will be looked after if there is a spill and who is going to pay for it.

We need to find a civil way to solve this.

Andy from Calgary

I think Rachel Notley sounded really quite petty. This is a serious issue, there is no doubt about it. To trivialize it by punishing quite a small part of the B.C. population, it will not really affect the people in Vancouver, she is playing around.

She's just going after the wrong people and it won't help.

Matthew from Burnaby, B.C.

I work in an elementary school and this is the kind of petty, childish and frankly ridiculous behaviour that I see in school-aged children.

A spill on the west coast would destroy so many industries — eco-tourism, fishing, sporting, recreation, not to mention an environmental disaster as a whole.

Alberta has put all their eggs in the oil basket and gets pissed off when anybody does anything to get in their way.

Neil from Nanaimo, B.C.

I think it's just politics. The pipeline will go through. It's been announced over and over. It's going to bring jobs. These people who are crying wolf, they don't realize that on the West Coast, more than 80 cities and towns dump raw sewage into the waters they are trying to protect from oil tankers.

Jan from Salt Spring Island, B.C.

I do think we need dialogue. We really need to be talking about the issues.

Dita from North Vancouver

Let's all go and buy a lot of B.C. wine. It's really good wine and let's just keep going with that for a while.

Damien from Calgary

I do support Premier Rachel Notley in her position.

As Canadians, we have to get our product to the coastline and get it out to the world market. We are in competition with the world here, and particularly with the U.S., who have ramped up their production.

We are not getting fair value for our product in this province. We feel landlocked and we feel like the rest of Canada has abandoned us and is blocking every single more that we do.

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