Yes, okay, some of those FN politicians are paid an awful lot; but then a discussion where everybody just agrees with conventional wisdom isn’t that interesting. So before any of you puke on your shoes, I’ve just got a couple of questions, strictly as devil’s advocate.
How much of the money shown on the list originates from federal sources, and how much comes from those bands’ own revenue? The federal government reports how much they’re paid; not where the money comes from. Can anyone out there tell us how much is from federal sources? Or is everyone just assuming that it’s 100% taxpayers money? Quite a few bands these days have their own businesses and sources of revenue. I’m just asking by the way, just in case anyone happens to know.
I would also like to call attention to the 82 chiefs who did not receive any honouraria (most received travel expenses, which is not surprising considering the isolation of many reserves). I think that they are good role models. The chief who was paid $134 should get an honourable mention.
Now, I wish that I still had the source, but I distinctly remember that two Rupert city council members got about $10K each last year for sitting on the Regional District board. That board, as I understand it, meets once a month, so the average pay would be about $800 a day each. Of course, they wouldn’t meet for whole days, more likely just a few hours (including the meetings that the public is excluded from). That’s all taxpayers money. The province gives grants for electoral area directors, since their tax bases are often very small, but that’s not the case for city-appointed directors.
Now $800 for attending a part-day meeting seems to me to be pretty good coin. Maybe I’ve got my facts wrong, in which case someone will jump to the board’s defence and provide us with better information. Or maybe my facts are pretty much correct, and everyone’s okay with those rates of pay. Or maybe, as on quite a few civic issues, citizens have been pretty much in the dark and haven’t been able to form an opinion as of yet.