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FED: A Second Look at High Chief and Council Salaries

August 08, 2014
FED: A Second Look at High Chief and Council Salaries

The millionaire chief from B.C. has pretty much stolen the show since the federal government released chief and council pay information on July 29.

Rightfully so, media have paid a lot of attention to a guy who made more than the combined salaries of President Obama, Prime Minister Harper and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

However, there are plenty of other chiefs and councilors out there with eyebrow-raising salaries. The table below (an updated table from last week) includes several examples of high pay levels on reserves that either surpass the salary for mayors serving much larger communities or come pretty close.

But before I get to the table, I'll say it again - check the salaries of politicians on reserves across Canada and you'll find a real mix. Some politicians aren't earning much while others are raking in the cash. The whole point of the new transparency law is to empower the grassroots (especially) with information that can help them hold their leaders accountable.

So without further adieu, here are some numbers that deserve a second look... 

By
on August 09, 2014
Why do you keep calling the deal contracted to Chief Giesbrecht a salary? It was a negotiated percentage for him to close a deal that would bring in $8 mil in income for his tribe? It's not a monthly or annual payment. The story so far doesn't seem to note as has been already reported in the Nat'l Post, and the band site that the contract with the "bonus" was re-negotiated in April and the bonus removed (and the salary for Chief decreased to less than $5000 p.a. Also, Tribal Chiefs don't get the grand pensions of other elected officials of our fine country, or even CPP, so you seem to be missing fairly large chunk of an overall story here. I like the idea of what you are trying to do in looking out for the interest of taxpayers, but wouldn't that be a better job with all the facts considered? It would certainly add more credence to overall efforts here.

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