Mayor Rather jail than pay casino

The Mayor of Hamilton says he would rather go to jail than pay court costs to the Casino Control Authority.

Russ Rimmington was among 14 campaigners who were instrumental last year in having the High Court throw out a decision by the authority to grant a casino licence in the city.

However, the court ruling was later overturned on appeal.

Rimmington says he was acting on a mandate from the people of Hamilton and, if the mayor cannot be an advocate for them, no one can.

The Casino Control Authority claims the amount it could expect in costs from anti-casino campaigners in Hamilton was too much to ignore, and says the advice to seek costs came from the Audit Office.

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