The battle over license plates on the Canadian prairies is over.
The government of Saskatchewan announced Monday afternoon the lifting of a ban on Alberta license plates on Saskatchewan work sites, mere hours before they were scheduled to enter a tribunal process which, under the terms of the New West Partnership, could have given Alberta permission to retaliate with similar penalties or see Saskatchewan pay a $5 million fine.
Minister Responsible for the Economy Steven Bonk says Saskatchewan came out on the winning side in this stalemate.
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“What we’re happy about is that they’ve come out publicly and said they’ll abide by the AIT Appeal ruling, no matter what the outcome is, and we’re very heartened by that,” states Bonk.
“And since they’ve backed down on that, we’ve decided, in good faith, that we’ll back down.”
However, not every one sees it that way, including NDP Deputy House Leader Carla Beck.
She points out the position of the Alberta government’s position never wavered, as they said they’d accept any trade ruling made.
Beck says this unnecessary dispute hurts everyone.
“This wasn’t without consequence. This had consequence with our relationship with our neighbours. This had consequence with regard to our credibility on the trade agreement. This had consequences with regard to the amount of time and energy that was put into this silly dispute, up to last night, engaging in Twitter battles with other premiers.”