Outrage Over First Nations Chief’s ‘Salary’ Misplaced

By Mike Archer. I’ve tried to be outraged about the fact that a First Nations Chief made nearly $1 million dollars last year. I really have.

But other than the fact that he is First Nations I can’t figure out what it is that I am supposed to be outraged about.

According to documents released by the band Chief Ron Giesbrecht, of the Kwikwetlem First Nations band was paid $4,800 last year for his position as Chief. When the former economic development officer of the band resigned last year, Giesbrecht took over the post and was paid, as he should have been, the $80,000, which went with the job.

The Chief and economic development officer had $16,574 in expenses.

The only things that jump out at me so far are the following:

1) A First Nations Chief only getting paid $4,800 a year. Now that is an outrage.
2) An economic development officer getting paid $80,000 a year. That’s less than half what the economic development officers I know get paid.
3) Only $16, 574 in expenses? I know salesmen and women with more expenses than that in a single quarter.

OK. So no outrage yet other than the opposite of the outrage that is clearly expected of me. More>>>


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