Saturday, October 02, 2010

First Nations Salaries Must be Public

A Conservative MP has introduced a private members bill that will ensure that the salaries of First Nations chiefs and councillors be made public, just like all other public officials across Canada. I actually agree with the goal of this bill. Canadians should be able to know how much their representatives are being paid and what public money is being spent on. However, this is not a replacement for the other actions that must be taken in First Nation communities. This would mean better access to education among other things. This is a good step forward, but it shouldn't distract from the actual problems in First Nation communities.
OTTAWA — A Conservative private member's bill proposes the salaries and expenses paid to First Nations chiefs and councillors should be publicly disclosed like those of all other elected representatives in Canada.
Saskatoon MP Kelly Block said if passed, her bill, introduced Friday, would result in greater "accountability and transparency" by making public all forms of remuneration paid to First Nations chiefs and councillors through federal government funds.
Read more at the Calgary Herald.

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