This landed in my inbox today and I thought it best to share it out. Please note that in no way do I or have I ever supported the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
How do you feel about a politician from a Native reserve of 304 people receiving a $978,468 tax free salary? BTW … that’s equivalent to $1.8-million if they lived off-reserve and paid taxes.
Or what about a reserve politician from a community of 615 making $567,935 tax free?
If those true stories of tax dollars being spent wildly on reserves makes you sick to your stomach, then take note of the cure: Bill C-575.
It’s a private members bill in Ottawa right now that aims to give the federal government the legal authority to place reserve politicians’ salaries on the internet each year. That would bring reserve politicians in-line with all other politicians in the country who have to disclose their pay to taxpayers.
The CTF has learned that over 600 Native politicians in Canada are earning a taxable equivalent of over $100,000 to govern average reserve populations of 1,142 – yet the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs does not have the legal authority to release the names.
Bill C-575 – supported by the government – would change that. But in order for it to pass, it must be supported by Opposition MPs. Currently, NDP Leader Jack Layton and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff are opposed to these salaries being disclosed. Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe has yet to declare a position.
We need to send them a message: let Natives and non-Natives see how tax dollars are being spent on reserves. The status quo is unacceptable. Pass Bill C-575.
- Sign our petition and forward it to your contact list
- Contact Michael Ignatieff, Jack Layton, and Gilles Duceppe directly
You may hear non-sense excuses about privacy matters and other gobbledygook, but at the end of the day, we’re talking about public funds – salaries should be made public, especially when those dollars are supposed to be helping on-reserve citizens.
Let’s make this happen!
– Colin, Courtenay, Troy and the rest of the CTF team
PS: The only reason that wasteful spending like this comes to light is because of your donation. If you like what the CTF is doing to blow the whistle on abuse of your tax dollars, please consider making a donation.