Town getting involved in trade war

Town getting involved in trade war

Council agreed at their meeting on Tuesday to correspond with both governments involved in the trade war. (Photo Lyonel Doherty)

By Lyonel Doherty

Oliver Chronicle

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.


  1. To All:

    Hovanes states: “Wait until they hear from the Town of Oliver,” . I will bet that those two Premiers will be shaking in their boots…

    Michael Guthrie

  2. Hopefully our wait will be to hear the town council tell the BC government to quit breaking the laws that have been put in place by our federal government. We live in a democratic country, not a socialist state where the rules are being applied only to benefit the few, not the many!!


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