FREDERICTON, New Brunswick (AP) – New Brunswick remains opposed to casinos in the province, Premier Bernard Lord said Friday after a meeting with Indian leaders.

Nonetheless, Chief Robert Levi of the Elsipogtog reserve said a casino would be built, with or without the approval of the province. He left the meeting without speaking to reporters.

Eel Ground Chief George Ginnish said a casino is one of many things that could expand economic development on reservations.

But Lord said he has no plans to change legislation to allow casinos.

Lord and members of his cabinet met with the chiefs of New Brunswick’s 15 aboriginal communities Friday.

Justice Minister Brad Green said the laws of the province apply to all of New Brunswick, including tribal reservations.

The meeting also dealt with a variety of issues including education, logging and the fishery. The two sides have agreed to meet again within six months to continue their dialogue.

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