Alberta is applauding a local restaurant owner after her response to British Columbia’s decision over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.
Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda stopped in for an Alberta-brewed beer at Asti Trattoria Italiana prior to opening ceremonies for the Alberta Winter Games on Friday and extended his gratitude to owner Karen Collins for her tenacity in the dispute with B.C.
Collins made the decision to pull B.C. wines from her restaurant in response to their proposal to restrict bitumen shipments until it further studies the effectiveness of spill response.
That would limit the amount shipments that could be sent from Alberta to the west coast.
Not long after Collins spearheaded the wine ban – Alberta induced their own ban in addition to putting a stop to electricity trade talks.
During a media scrum, Miranda echoed Premier Rachel Notley’s sentiment that Alberta will not be pushed around.
“The message we’re sending to British Columbians is the support to the energy sector, but as well, it’s a strong position as to how we feel about the way the sector is treated and what we will do to ensure the pipelines are built.”
Asti Trattoria owner Karen Collins sits down with Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda. Miranda extends his support to Collins over her choice to pull BC wines from restaurant #rmwb #ymm pic.twitter.com/LVJG3iFYo1
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While some small liquor businesses have been concerned about what the ban might mean for business, Miranda feels the economy’s top priority is the pipeline’s construction.
“The reason why they are so important, not just to Alberta, B.C., but the country as a whole is something that I think is a bigger piece of the puzzle and I understand there is a concern. This was not a fight we were looking for but it is one we are willing to ensure those pipeline’s get built.”
Last week, the provincial government launched a website where people can get facts about the pipeline and sign a petition.
All responses will be sent to B.C. Premier John Horgan’s office.
More info is at Alberta.ca/keepCanadaworking.