Environment Minister Terry Lake cautioned Friday that municipalities, including Kamloops, should wait on possible action from the province before bringing in new pesticide bylaws.
Speaking with reporters Friday he also said he "doesn't agree with all the recommendations" from a legislative committee that argued against a cosmetic pesticide ban throughout B.C.
"I think people should wait," he said of potential new bylaws from municipalities.
"To jump to conclusions is not respectful of the work they did."
Earlier this month the majority of a special legislative committee argued against a ban, saying more tightening and regulation is preferable as a "science-based" approach.
That flies in the face of a pledge by Premier Christy Clark, who pledged to get rid of cosmetic pesticides when she ran for the party leadership.
Lake also suggested he favours a tougher stance against pesticides, despite the committee's finding they can be safe if used in a controlled manner by trained people.
"I don't think I agree with them entirely," Lake said.
Coun. Donovan Cavers intends to present a notice of motion Tuesday calling for the City to stop using pesticides by the beginning of August and for application of cosmetic pesticides to be banned entirely in Kamloops by the end of the year.
He doesn't see the point in waiting for the province to act.
"I can't see them going against recommendations of the committee," he said.
Coun. Nancy Bepple said she'd like to see a time line from the province as to when it intends to bring in new rules.
"People want to know what the timeline is: Is it one week, one month or five years?... . It's reasonable to be a few months or a year."
Lake declined comment after the report was first released, saying he needed time to read it.
Now he agrees with the committee that the regulatory regime for pesticides is onerous, but he questioned the finding that more education is needed.
"If the (oversight) regime is so good, why would you need to do that?" he questioned.
Whatever changes are coming, Lake said residents can be sure "we'll reduce unnecessary use of pesticides."