Horgan won't escalate fight

UPDATE: 3:40 p.m.

Premier John Horgan doesn't intend to respond to any provocation from Alberta in the escalating trade dispute over the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Horgan says he hopes to see the end of the back and forth debate, saying he doesn't think it is in anyone's interests to have duelling premiers.

The B.C. government is looking at restricting the expansion of bitumen through the province until it's satisfied a spill can be cleaned up, which was countered by the threat of a lawsuit from Alberta along with a ban on B.C. wine imports.

Horgan says officials from Ottawa will meet with deputy ministers from the B.C. government on Thursday to clarify the province's rights over the jurisdictional dispute.

He says while he and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley may both be New Democrats, that is secondary to his obligation to the people of B.C.

He says he won't be distracted from his agenda while the government of Alberta retaliates.

ORIGINAL: 2 p.m.

The B.C. Liberal caucus is calling on Premier John Horgan to end a growing trade war with Alberta before it puts even more jobs in the province at risk.

The Liberals say Horgan touched off the dispute that led Alberta to ban B.C. wine imports Tuesday by proposing to limit bitumen shipments from this province, a move that would at least temporarily delay the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

And they the NDP appears poised to make things worse with Agriculture Minister Lana Popham suggesting B.C. might respond by banning Alberta beef.

The Liberals say B.C. beef is mainly processed in Alberta, so acting on the threat would create a lose-lose situation for both provinces.

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