'Pitter patter, let's get at 'er!': Alberta man boycotts all B.C. products over pipeline dispute
It started with wine.
On Tuesday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced the province would no longer import wine from British Columbia, after B.C decided to put the breaks on the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion.
But some Albertans say the boycott of products from B.C. needs to go a lot further than wine. Enter Lew Galbraith, a retiree from Strathcona County.
Galbraith spoke to As It Happens host Carol Off about why he has launched his own boycott. Here is part of their conversation.
Lew, can you give us a rundown of all the B.C. products you've stopped buying?
I've already said that I've quit buying B.C. wines. A nice Riesling from the Osoyoos area that I really liked, I've replaced with one from Australia that we also really like. And there was a red from the Kelowna district that we liked that now I've replaced with a zinfandel from California, which I drank years ago and I liked, and went back to them.
What about tomatoes?
I love tomatoes. Eat them everyday. I was buying vine tomatoes from the greenhouse, again, in the Abbotsford area but I don't do that anymore either.
Cowboy hats are fairly dumb. But if they want to get "tit for tat" it works both ways. Pitter patter, let's get at 'er!- Lew Galbr
So how has that changed your lifestyle? Are you missing all those B.C. products?
No. I'd rather support, number one: Alberta businesses, number two: Prairie province business, number three: Western Canada business. But I've cut B.C. out of that Western Canada portion now.
You say that you started doing this months ago, way before Rachel Notley and the Alberta government announced their boycott. So what's pushed you over the edge? Why did you get involved in boycotting so early?
The writing was on the wall. When Horgan and his New Deaf Party got elected and held in there with what we seem to call around here the Green Beaver Weaver I could see it coming. They swore they were going to fight, do what they could to stop the pipeline. Then, when that Burnaby mayor that was at the rat mouse sessions and that Beaver Weaver wasn't going to support him unless they did it. So his, I guess his nut, was on the line. Wasn't it?
So now, Green Beaver Weaver, did you make that one up?
I don't know. I know he gets called that now.
And, of course, you're referring to Green Party leader Andrew Weaver?
These are things you are changing quite a bit in your life. Why does it matter to you personally so much to do this?
This is hurting us in the pocketbook. If B.C. electorate, the B.C. business and electorate out there, that put the New Deaf Party in power, think it's all well and good for them to live in their bubble and cut a hole in my pocketbook or my family's pocketbook, why shouldn't I do it back?
Do you think the boycotts will have an effect on the decisions in British Columbia?
People in British Columbia are asking — why punish them? Why punish the wine producers or tomato growers? Why punish them for something that they may not support or even encourage in their own government?
What will you do if people in British Columbia decide, well, we're not going to buy anymore beef. Or do what one newspaper columnist suggested and, "have a ban on dumb cowboy hats." What do you say to those possibilities?
Well… cowboy hats are fairly dumb. But if they want to get "tit for tat" it works both ways. Pitter patter, let's get at 'er!
This interview transcript has been edited for length and clarity. For more on this story, listen to our full interview with Lew Galbraith.
We asked for a photo of Lew Galbraith but he refused to send us one and told our producer, "Why don't you just put up a picture of a horse's ass." Here you go, Lew: