First Nations chiefs/councillors make more than the Prime Minister

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Audit NOW

Thunder Bay, Canada

#1 Feb 24, 2012
EDITORIAL | TORONTO SUN
When 82 First Nations chiefs and band councillors make more than the
prime minister, all while many of their people live in abject poverty,
something is horribly amiss.
It's not new, but it is amiss.
In Alberta alone, for example, 47 chiefs and councillors made more
last year than the PM's $317,574.
We have serious reservations about that.
Now, since the money these chiefs and councillors pocket is grant
money from taxpayers, auditing their books in search of ne'er-do-wells
and misappropriated dollars would normally receive no political
pushback.
But the Liberals need ink, don't they?
They're a political embarrassment in search of some buzz.
So, looking for a headline grabber, along comes Liberal aboriginal
affairs critic Carolyn Bennett to label the newly-introduced First
Nations Transparency Act -- Bill C-27 -- a "racist" and
"paternalistic" piece of legislation.
Well done, Ms. Bennett. There's your news hit.
Now please go away.
There is absolutely nothing "racist" or "paternalistic" about Bill
C-27, a vital and long-overdue piece of legislation that deserves
quick passage so that all Canada will finally get to know down which
hole the billions in First Nations' grant money goes.
From the outside looking in, and this is what raises many hackles, it
would appear that too many chiefs and not enough Indians are living
the good life on the taxpayers' dime.
Bill C-27 should clear up the mess up.
Much like the CBC vs. the Taxpayer, First Nations band members deserve
transparency and accountability from their elected officials, and they
are not getting it when their leaders refuse to come clean with where
the government's money goes, or how much goes into their own pockets.
What is "racist" about that?
Now, you may have never heard of the Glooscap First Nation reserve in
Nova Scotia but you might be interested to know that one Mi'kmaq
politician there pulled in almost $1 million in pay in 2010, while
band councillors each earned between $210,000 and $260,000.
Now, close your eyes and try to envision just how big the Glooscap
First Nation must be to warrant such mammoth salaries.
Give up? Well, in 2009, the population actually living on the reserve was 87.
We didn't drop any zeroes

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