KELOWNA – While our BC Liberal Government is confident we will win any trade action taken by the United States against the BC wine industry, the BC NDP need to explain why they are instead waving the white flag of surrender.

“British Colombians expect their government to put them first and fight for their interests,” said Kelowna- Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “The fact that the BC NDP instead  immediately lined up with the United States in opposing workers in the BC wine industry tells you all you need to know about the NDP jobs plan.”

NDP Liquor Policy Spokesperson David Eby seemed giddy with the news of a trade challenge from the United States and immediately sided with them and against BC workers. We have worked closely with the federal government to ensure BC’s liquor policies are compliant with our trade obligations. Instead of attacking the BC wine industry, our BC Liberal Government will vigorously defend the interests of our wine industry and the workers who depend on it.

“The BC NDP has a long history of saying no to creating new jobs in British Columbia. Unbelievably, we are now seeing the NDP side with the United States and turn their back on the wine industry in BC and thousands of British Columbians who depend on it for their livelihood,” said Letnick. “British Columbians can rest assured that our BC Liberal Government is going to stand with workers in our wine industry and fight for them.”

STAKEHOLDER ON BC LIQUOR PROGRAM

  • Ed Collett, who with wife Vicki owns Harper’s Trail winery in east Kamloops, said the program has been an important sales generator for his winery along the South Thompson River. “With Save-On, there’s been a really good increase in sales,” he said, calling the new retail opportunity “fantastic.” Harper’s Trail wines are in 11 Save-On-Foods locations, from White Rock to Prince George. “Everything [all liquor store sales] included, we’re up 35 to 40 per cent over the year before,” he said. (Kamloops This Week, January 18, 2017)