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Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts says the head of BC Lotteries owes her an apology for suggesting she acted irresponsibly in the lead up to the recent rejection of a casino project in her city.
"To suggest that I should have voted regardless of public opposition is irresponsible on his account in terms of his comments that he has directed at me."
Speaking with CKNW's Jon McComb, Watts says she felt compelled to address comments made by BCLC boss Michael Graydon, because she thinks they were 'inflammatory'.
"Every councillor voted the way they felt they needed to vote and that should all be respected."
Graydon has not been available for comment. We've been told he's travelling.
BC's Minister responsible for gaming -- Rich Coleman-- has now released a statement regarding Surrey's Casino rejection.
He says he respects the final decision and promises the provincial government will never put a casino where it's not wanted.
Coleman's been accused of interfering in the process by personally calling city councillors and opening himself up to concerns he may have tried to influence their votes.