On Monday, almost a week after announcing her ban on B.C. wine imports, Notley told reporters she's giving the federal government some time to reason with her West Coast neighbours on the thorny issue of Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion.
In 2017, Alberta imported about 17.2 million bottles of wine from B.C., Notley said.
It's a critical lifeline for Alberta's, and Canada's, oil industry as it seeks better prices globally for its product and offsets steep discounts due to tight pipeline capacity on the North American grid.
"If you listen to them [B.C. government], they'll say we're just consulting on how to protect the environment, and of course if that's all this was about, that would be absolutely fine, because we support those objectives, as all Canadians do".
The move would effectively kill the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. pipeline, a project that would triple the amount of oil now being shipped from Edmonton to terminals in Burnaby. She said federal officials were meeting with B.C. officials and she was happy for now to let that process take its course.
The Alberta government has set up a "sign your name here" online petition on the provincial government's website, looking to draw supporters in their efforts to push through the pipeline.
Notley didn't say so, but she also doesn't want to share the limelight with Kenney.
This is a first for the NDP government, and questions have already arisen on whether Notley's actions violate the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, which states unequivocally that goods must flow freely between provinces, as does the New West Partnership. It is unclear whether anyone from the Alberta NDP government will attend this weekend's Convention, which kicks off Friday.
Feeling a bit left out of the limelight, United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney is urging Notley to recall the legislature for an emergency debate.
Notley has commissioned former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna and others to provide the government with advice on how to advance pipeline projects. "I know that's not necessarily the case for Alberta politicians these days, but my focus is definitely on spending my time here in Alberta working for Albertans".
In Ottawa, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said the federal government will not entertain any attempts by British Columbia to stall or stop the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
"By building this pipeline, we can diversify our export markets, stop selling our resources at a discount and start getting top-dollar".
I also think she's smart to call a temporary ceasefire while Ottawa tries to talk the government of B.C. Premier John Horgan out of what is clearly unconstitutional obstructionism.