Province to Fight Wine Challenge
Prince George, B.C. – B.C is prepared to stand up against the trade action launched by the United States over B.C’s sale of B.C. only wines in grocery stores.Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour says the Provincial Government supports the growth of the wine industry and will defend it “The B.C. government is confident that we are complying with B.C.’s and Canada’s international trade obligations.”
Yesterday, the U.S. action filed with the World Trade Organization, claims B.C.’s policy which allows only B.C. wines to be sold in grocery stores, discriminates against U.S. wines and breaches Canada’s WTO commitments.
Minister Bond says the Province will continue to work with Global Affairs Canada “to ensure that B.C.’s liquor policies fall within these trade obligations, and we will continue to work with GAC through the upcoming consultation
Bond adds that there are more than a thousand liquor stores in B.C. which carry imported alcohol “Trade agreements such as NAFTA allow for a number of private wine outlets that sell only B.C. wine, and we are confident in the approach we have taken.”