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Ottawa, February 7, 2018 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement today in response to news that the Government of Alberta has halted the import of British Columbia wines in the province:

“The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is deeply concerned about the negative impact an interprovincial trade war would have on the economies of Alberta, British Columbia and, ultimately, Canada. The announced escalation of retaliatory trade measures will leave businesses of all sizes, their owners and their employees caught in the crossfire.

“Boycotts between businesses in two provinces will not resolve an issue that is ultimately our federal government’s responsibility.

“To prevent a further escalation of this unnecessary and potentially damaging dispute between Alberta and British Columbia, the Canadian Chamber again calls on the federal government to stand behind  its own regulatory processes and to fulfill its constitutional responsibilities. The federal government needs to act now by engaging directly with the province of British Columbia and ensuring that the fair and scientifically-sound decisions on the Trans Mountain pipeline are carried out.

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Contact:

Guillaum W. Dubreuil
Senior Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
613.797.1860
gdubreuil@chamber.ca