By Lyonel Doherty
The pen is mightier than the sword, and that’s what the Town of Oliver is using to hopefully influence the trade war between B.C. and Alberta.
On Tuesday, council agreed to correspond with both governments in hopes to end the dispute involving Alberta’s import ban of B.C. wines. Alberta is doing this to protest B.C. holding up Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project by restricting bitumen shipments from Alberta.
Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes said the trade war is impacting local wineries, such as Tinhorn Creek that ships to Alberta every month.
“It’s a huge trade with Alberta; it not only impacts grape growers but tourism and hotel rooms,” Hovanes said.
The mayor said nobody wants this spat except for the two premiers.
“Wait until they hear from the Town of Oliver,” he stated.