Travel costs for gambling experts shouldn't have been paid by taxpayers:premier

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says it was inappropriate that a hefty travel bill was paid for by taxpayers so three gambling experts could testify before the law amendments committee.

The Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation confirms it paid the travel costs which totalled seven-thousand 500 dollars.

The experts from the Responsible Gambling Council testified Monday on a bill that would relax the rules of a program that bans problem gamblers from casinos for life.

McNeil says the government had ``no idea'' the Crown corporation had decided to pay for the travel costs.

McNeil says it's not a practice that should happen when hard working Nova Scotians regularly appear before the committee at their own expense.

He says he has instructed Finance Minister Karen Casey to go to the Gaming Corporation and have them find the funding from their operation.

But the premier wasn't clear on what that means, given that the Gaming Corporation is funded by casino and lottery revenue that is also supposed to flow to the government.