01/16/2014 04:00 EST | Updated 03/18/2014 05:59 EDT

Public won't pay for advice for Efficiency Nova Scotia, energy minister says

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's energy minister says he will ensure taxpayers dollars aren't used by Efficiency Nova Scotia to pay for advice on government relations.

Andrew Younger says in an email to The Canadian Press that the use of public money for such a purpose is inappropriate for an organization that should spend it on energy efficiency programs for people with low incomes.

Younger says the amount of public money Efficiency Nova Scotia spent to hire Jamie MacNeil of Cape Consulting Group for his advice would be deducted from its government funding.

Amelia Warren, a spokeswoman for Efficiency Nova Scotia, says it paid MacNeil $10,000 for a contract that ran from early October until December and paid for it with money from its general fund.