Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Shuswap First Nation Band - Update

Chief Paul Sam
OTTAWA — A close relative of two of the highest-paid native politicians in Canada has been appointed to oversee an election Friday that will determine whether they retain control of their tiny but wealthy B.C. First Nation. Ernest Jack, chief electoral officer in the Shuswap First Nation band election, is the brother of veteran councillor Alice Sam.

Enormous financial resources are at stake in Friday’s election that involves 203 eligible voters, of whom more than half live away from the reserve situated close to Invermere, near the Alberta border. Chief Sam’s average tax-free remuneration over the past four years to govern a 267-member First Nation, of whom 87 live on reserve, was $263,950, according to financial documents obtained last week by The Sun.

Alice Sam’s pay was $223,923. Their son, who runs the band’s corporate arm, had an average salary since 2010-11 of $536,000 — or just under $950,000 after taking into account his tax-free status.

Councillor Alice Sam and Shuswap Chief Paul Sam
By comparison, Prime Minister Stephen Harper earns a before-tax income of $327,400, plus a $2,000-a-year car allowance, while B.C. Premier Christy Clark is paid $193,532.
Members of a tiny B.C. First Nation are launching a class-action lawsuit against a chief who pocketed close to a million dollars last year after facilitating a lucrative land deal.

Kwikwetlem First Nation Chief Ron Giesbrecht made national headlines last month after revelations he was the highest paid chief in Canada last year, leading to the nickname of "the million dollar chief."
Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/b-c-first-nation-members-launching-lawsuit-against-million-dollar-chief-1.2040028#ixzz3I8MnpL4N

See --->http://neer-do-well-hall-of-infamey.blogspot.ca/2014/08/the-million-dollar-chief-ron-giesbrecht.html