Calling the whole situation ridiculous, Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Kevin Krueger still couldn't resist tossing a few barbs at the NDP after the party's house leader accused him of drinking wine at breakfast.
"It was just ridiculous thing to say," Krueger said of John Horgan's remarks in the legislature. "He's their house leader. This is the quality of leadership the NDP have in B.C."
Horgan asked Krueger if he perhaps had too much wine for breakfast after the outspoken MLA repeatedly heckled him during a morning debate.
Horgan, the MLA for Juan de Fuca, was not asked to withdraw his comments, but later apologized on his own, saying he was goaded into responding.
Krueger believes he was just doing his part by engaging the opposition in a lively back and forth. He said Horgan is "a big, brawling Irishman" who is quick to anger and likes to fight.
"He says crazy stuff," said Krueger.
The exchange occurred after the Liberals brought forward a motion rejecting federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair's belief that resource extraction in western provinces is bad for Canada.
NDP members argued Mulcair has been trying to make the point that he is against resource extraction that is not sustainable. A clearly irritated Horgan accused the Liberals of "belligerence" and "McCarthyism" in bringing the motion forward.
Krueger said he doesn't remember exactly what was said prior to Horgan's rebuttal. But he believes the NDP are overreacting to the Liberal's stance.
"Why would it ever offend anybody in central Canada that we're doing well in the west?" he asked. "The NDP are bizarre."
Krueger has been in trouble for speaking his mind a couple of times in recent months. He said he's simply speaking the truth.
"I've just been stating what a lot of people believe is obvious," said Krueger.