Alberta And Quebec Are About To Enter A Full-Blown Trade War And It’s The Most Un-Canadian Thing Ever
Alberta and Quebec are on the cusp of an all out trade war.
Unlike many other countries, Canada has never really had a civil war - that is, until now. There's currently a massive trade war brewing between two Canadian provinces and it could be devastating.
Alberta and Quebec began feuding over some anti-oil comments made by the Quebec government. A former politician in Alberta retaliated by calling for a Quebec boycott. Now the feud is threatening to turn into an all-out trade war and it's honestly the most un-Canadian thing ever.
The spark of this massive war came from Quebec leader François Legault at the Premiers' meeting in Montreal. Legault said there was "no social acceptability" for oil in Quebec as he completely shut down talks of any eastern pipeline possibilities.
To Alberta, Canada's oil capital, the comments seemed like a pretty hard blow. In response, Brian Jean, a former Canadian MP and former leader of Alberta's Wildrose Party called for Albertans to join him in a complete boycott of all Quebec products.
The idea of two Canadian provinces feuding is already bad enough, considering that up here we're all supposed to be nice and get along. On top of that though, a Canadian civil trade war could be really bad for the economy.
Currently, Alberta actually gets a lot of goods and services from Quebec so this trade war would go beyond just cheese curds. In fact, Alberta gets around $8.9 billion in products and services from Quebec. This includes things like cigars and cigarettes, Quebec based airlines like Air Canada, and foods like Kraft Dinner.
On the flipside, Quebec also imports a lot from Alberta, although it is less than their exports there. The latest figures show that Quebec spends around $6.2 billion on Albertan goods and services.
If this trade war escalates far enough, that means billions of dollars in Canadian goods could essentially stop moving in our own economy. This could lead to higher prices on goods and less availability of services. Of course, the biggest blow would be to our Canadian family and that's simply the idea that two of our provinces aren't getting along.
Source: Ottawa Citizen