Somewhat surprisingly, voters in Ponoka News’ web poll “Will you be supporting Alberta’s ban on B.C. wine?” the majority said they won’t.
Posted last week, of the 48 votes that came in, 27 spoke against the ban (56 per cent) while 19 spoke in favour of it (40 per cent) and two were unsure.
Interestingly enough, it was the comments on our Facebook page that told a different story with some speaking passionately in favour of Alberta’s oil and gas sector, while others weren’t pleased about losing some of their favourite British Columbia wines.
And there were others that held politicians in both provinces to a higher standard.
“It’s the farmers in B.C. that are suffering on account of this, it should be the politicians!” stated Charlie Walcheske.
Another reader suggested supporting Alberta producers.
“Might be a great time to start supporting Alberta distilleries, breweries, and wine makers. The B.C. wines will come back eventually, and in the meantime people can start appreciating some of the good stuff that’s Alberta made,” offered Gina LoCicero.
For Christine Olson, it’s a question of realizing what kind of money comes out of Alberta from the oil and gas sector adding that this pipeline was approved on many levels of government.
“And secondly it was the high density places on the lower mainland that elected their government, we are nothing, we don’t count, if you don’t live in the lower mainland folks you count very little. And once the new voting process becomes law, we will count even less. Notley is right, she has to do something, and the businesses are left in the dust. Work it out,” stated Olson.
Editor’s note, some of these comments have been edited for grammar.