U.S. Launches Trade Action against Canada over B.C. Wine Sales in Grocery Stores

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An aggressive trade challenge launched Wednesday by the United States could force cheap and plentiful American wine onto B.C. grocery store shelves, potentially elbowing out local vineyards.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office announced it was taking Canada and the B.C. government to the World Trade Organization, for what it alleges is a discriminatory system in which only B.C. wine is allowed for sale alongside food in grocery stories.

B.C. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond said the province will defend itself and is confident it has complied with all international trade agreements.

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Rob Shaw and Gordon McIntyre – Vancouver Sun – January 18, 2017.

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