Horgan said February 7 that he doesn't intend to respond to any provocation from Alberta in the escalating trade dispute. He maintains his focus right now is on this month's budget.
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is against the politicization of the conflict between the governments of Alberta and British Columbia concerning the latter's unwillingness to accept the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion projects.
"Punishing British Columbia wineries for something that they have nothing to do with is frankly amateurishly political", he said, adding he had no comment on the pipeline issue.
"Just because our provincial government has taken a stand doesn't mean I am going to jump on the bandwagon and go along with it", he said.
This comes after Notley banned imports of BC wine, in retaliation for Horgan's decision to restrict the import of bitumen from Alberta.
"We are now in court with respect to the Kinder Morgan process and until we get a resolution from the federal court, that is an open question". So, he decided to make and bottle the wine in Penticton but sell it all in Alberta.
"This action will harm the B.C. wine industry", she said.
The NDP minister of agriculture, Lana Popham, briefly indicated a possible response Tuesday when reporters caught up with her during a previously scheduled tour of Okanagan wineries.
"It's not a huge part of our wine selection", Hitchen said.
Premier Rachel Notley made the announcement on Tuesday, as the tensions over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline continue to escalate. I deliberately wasn't available to [the media Tuesday] because I don't believe it's in anyone's interest to have duelling premiers.
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"It's not the government's intention to respond in any way to the provocation", he said, adding he hopes "cooler heads on the other side of the Rockies will prevail". Kinder Morgan, the company behind the project, is said to be preparing their legal team for a fight.
He also says he doesn't have any current plans to go to Alberta to talk to Notley face-to-face.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has said her province is moving ahead with the wine ban even though it may violate interprovincial free-trade rules.
Alberta's Chamber of Commerce chair, Janet Riopel, also spoke against the trade war between the provinces, noting that any sort of ban would have a negative effect on the business climate in Alberta, and it is already a tough one to operate in, especially for the oil industry.
"We are calling on the premier to think very seriously about the severity of the actions and the path that they're undertaking here".
"And it is not just that the Alberta government has to step back on the boycott on the B.C. wine because proportionately that is an insignificant boycott, to be brutally honest, when you look at getting the oil to market".
Pipeline proponents are pushing Trudeau to act to get construction started.
Heather Hynes-Dawson, who speaks on behalf of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, says the AGLC doesn't drive the specifics of the liquor products that are sold at retail outlets around Alberta.
Other politicians are speaking up about the dispute. The feds may indicate what Ottawa could do to back up Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's insistence that the project can, should and will be built.