Accepting free tickets from ALC a good way to do business: Tory leader says

New Brunswick Tory leader Blaine Higgs says he did nothing wrong when he accepted free tickets from the Atlantic Lottery Corporation to a music festival it sponsored in 2014.

Higgs says attending events like the Cavendish Beach Music Festival with ALC officials is a good way to do business.

He says it builds relationships by allowing discussions outside a boardroom environment, resulting in better deals.

Higgs adds the $250.00 tickets were below what he's required to report in his yearly conflict-of-interest disclosure. .

A report by Atlantic auditor generals earlier this week blasted the ALC for its lavish spending saying it doesn't demonstrate an appropriate use of shareholder money.

(with files from the CBC)