The 2013 law has already led to the election defeat earlier this month of a family that had ruled a tiny B.C. interior band for more than thirty years while paying each member a salary that was higher on an after-tax basis than Canada’s top non-Aboriginal political leaders, according to the Sun.
The Minister says those refusing to cooperate shouldn’t underestimate Ottawa’s resolve.
He’s gone on record to say if bands don’t meet their obligations by the end of the day tomorrow they could face a court order or even financial penalties allowed under the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.
Valcourt says just over 500 of the 582 First Nations across Canada have complied with the law, but listed among those which have not is the Blueberry River First Nation at Buick Creek.
The minister also blasted the NDP and the Liberals for opposing the bill.
He quoted by the Sun as saying, “To me this is a no-brainer. C’mon. That Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair would oppose the (right of) members … to get this information is just flabbergasting.”
With files from The Vancouver Sun