Ambitions among New Brunswick First Nations groups to build a casino independent of the government will likely meet with litigation as the province defends its legal high ground on gaming issues, experts contend. That is, if the province doesn’t willfully ignore First Nations gambling pursuits to avoid a contentious political showdown.

Unimpressed with the Liberal government’s new gambling policy, some First Nations leaders have vowed to pursue a casino on their own — outside of government regulations. Last week the Canadian government announced it would allow one casino in the province, aimed to produce $25 million in annual revenue for the province.