Alberta says it has won trade challenge

EDMONTON — Alberta says it has won a trade dispute over policies that restricted vegetable oil producers and refiners from selling in Ontario.

EDMONTON — Alberta says it has won a trade dispute over policies that restricted vegetable oil producers and refiners from selling in Ontario.

Alberta’s intergovernmental affairs minister says a panel ruled that Ontario regulations restricting the sale of such products are a barrier to interprovincial trade.

Iris Evans says for too long Ontario has maintained restrictions that are contrary to its domestic trade obligations.

The Agreement on Internal Trade panel has given Ontario until Feb. 1 to comply or face a penalty of up to $5 million.

Alberta says it launched the challenge in March with the support of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Common vegetable oils include canola, sunflower and soya which are often used to create blends of margarine and butter and blended drinks such as soymilk.