Report Shows B.C. Chief Makes Almost Three Times as PM Harper

One of the salaries that became public knowledge under the new First Nations Financial Transparency Act have attracted sheer criticism. A report showed that B.C. chief of the Kwikwetlem First Nation, Ron Giesbrecht, received a total of $915,000 tax-free salary. A Canadian Taxpayers Federation representative, Jordan Bateman, confirmed that it so far exceeds all other incomes filed under the act.

Meanwhile, Kwikwetlam nation issued a statement confirming that chief Giesbrecht was actually paid $4,800, but he received an additional $80,000 as the nation’s economic development officer and got a bonus of $800,000 based on profit from development projects. Earlier a report showed that financial statements have calculated revenue at $12.6 million for this year, i.e. an increase from $2.8 million the previous year.

Comparing with salaries of other notable politicians, website of a nearby city, Port Coquitlam, claims that its mayor receives a total of $88,651. Whereas, the Parliament of Canada website shows that Premier Stephen Harper makes $163,700 as Prime Minister and an additional $163,700 as a member of parliament. Consequently, PM Harper’s salary turns out to be even less than $330,000, i.e. less than half of what Giesbrecht makes. There are about eighty-five people in the Kwikwetlem nation, half of which live in half a dozen houses and trailers on a small reserve east of Vancouver, near the Fraser River. Whereas on the other hand, Giesbrecht lives in a condo on a hill overlooking the valley where the reserve is located.

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