By the end of the day, the Harper government's Bill requiring greater public transparency into the finances of First Nations communities will be enacted into law.
Bill C-27 — dubbed the First Nations Financial Transparency Act — means that band councils under the Indian Act will now have to publish their leaderships' salaries and expenses on the Internet for all to see.
Colin Craig from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says this day was a long time coming.
"We’re ecstatic this bill has become law as we’ve pushed hard for it over the last three years," Craig said in a statement.
"Plain and simple, aboriginal politicians should have to disclose their pay to the public just like all other politicians in the country. The federal government deserves praise for addressing this issue.
"This legislation will help people on reserves hold their officials accountable."
A 2010 report by the CTF suggests there were at least 30 band chiefs in Canada who were paid more than the average premier.Read More »from Bill forcing First Nations chiefs to disclose salaries becomes law