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Controversial First Nations chief who billed band $1M wins re-election

Ron Giesbrecht will resume his role as chief of the Kwikwetlem First Nation in Coquitlam, which consists of only about 80 members


 

COQUITLAM, B.C. – A controversial First Nations chief in British Columbia has won re-election despite drawing widespread criticism last year for accepting a nearly $1-million paycheque.

Ron Giesbrecht has won a new mandate to lead the tiny Kwikwetlem (kwee-kwet-lum) First Nation in Coquitlam, which consists of only about 80 members.

The lion’s share of Giesbrecht’s $1 million in pay was a bonus for brokering a land deal with the province as the band’s economic development officer.

Some members of the band were quick to offer public messages of support for their leader, whose payday made him the highest-earning chief in the country.

Giesbrecht has said that while four band members wanted his resignation, he had the support of the majority of the aboriginal community located in Coquitlam.

Giesbrecht’s 30 votes beat out his competitor’s 16 to give him the election victory.

 


 

Controversial First Nations chief who billed band $1M wins re-election

  1. Well, the media sure do enjoy batting the one story of extraordinary personal success for a Chief around. If he held the title of CEO instead, he would be lauded in the news.
    The whole deal of last year’s one time bonus for the Chief seemed to have raised the ire mostly of the right wing Cdn. Taxpayers Federation who tried to incite band anger and got a whole 4 members to speak out. Although, that effort died rather quickly when it was also quickly determined that Giesbrecht did nothing illegal or immoral.
    In fact, the entire story is that he finished a land deal for his band, the funds earned from it are in the band account, he got a bonus and the Gov’t of BC got a very lucrative land deal for its citizens.
    Chiefs don’t get pension plans – unlike the rich plans for life MPs, Senators, & PMs get. Call it a retirement plan.
    The CTF still seems to enjoy stirring public ire in general when it comes to the funds that belong to the First Nations – particularly by continuing to refer to them as some sort of taxpayer-based donations to the First Nations. It seems they are in need of history lessons as much as most of the country.

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