Thursday, July 31, 2014

Excessive Salaries

UPDATE: Here's a doozy.

B.C. First Nation chief was paid almost $1-million last year
"Chief Ron Giesbrecht of the Kwikwetlem First Nation is listed as receiving $914,219 in remuneration last year, plus an additional $16,574 in expense reimbursement. Individuals with Indian status who work on a reserve are not required to pay income tax."
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Here's a good description comparing the salaries Chiefs pay themselves and the salaries earned by mayors of nearby communities. The difference is staggering.

A First Look At How Much B.C. First Nations Chiefs Actually Make
"As of this writing, only 15 of the 205 B.C. bands had their information posted. More are expected in the days and weeks to come, but even this sample reveals some very interesting information."

From the sample:
"The Tk'emlúps band paid its chief, Shane Gottfriedson, $92,352 last year. Because that salary is tax-free, it's the equivalent of making $128,000 off-reserve -- far more than the mayor of nearby Kamloops, who will make $85,754 next year. Gottfriedson leads a community of 1,058, half of whom live off-reserve; the mayor of Kamloops governs a city of 86,000 people.

Tk'emlúps also paid six councillors salaries ranging from $79,840 to $84,580 tax-free; far more than the $24,811 Kamloops city councillors make.

Jason Louie, chief of the 235-member Lower Kootenay band, made $60,000 tax-free last year, the equivalent of $76,500 off-reserve. Creston Mayor Ron Toyota made $23,632 for governing more than 5,000 people.

Snuneymuxw First Nation Chief Doug White made $108,022 last year, the equivalent of roughly $155,000 if the salary were taxed. He governed a community of 1,716 -- 1,014 of whom live off reserve. Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan made $84,370 for leading almost 85,000 people."

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Blogger Canuck Guy said...

The Indians in my little province of NB are very upset about having to post the salaries and are thus far refusing to do so. Invasion of privacy, I guess. Yup, they have the nerve to be obvious about wanting to hide the disgraceful figures. They run their First Nations reservations like any greedy corrupt third world politician runs their dysfunctional cesspool countries.

August 01, 2014 12:13 pm  

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