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OTTAWA–Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau has taken to cyberspace again for another run at the Assembly of First Nations.
In a Facebook posting from his Blackberry this morning, Brazeau called on AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo and his organization’s national executive to disclose their salaries.
“If national Chief Shawn Atleo says he believes in greater accountability, why doesn’t he and the AFN national executive publicly disclose their salaries, travel and expenses for the public to see and set the example for everyone to follow,” said Brazeau on his personal Facebook page.
Brazeau said he would not comment on the issue until the AFN’s executive and other, unspecified Aboriginal organizations, released their salaries.
Atleo’s salary however, is already posted on the AFN’s web page.
Atleo made $136,5000 last year, slightly more than Brazeau’s basic Senator salary of $132,300 a year.
“The Assembly of First Nations believes strongly in the accountability relationship between governments and their citizens,” said an AFN spokeswoman in an emailed statement.
The AFN has an executive of 10 regional chiefs, but their “director’s fees” are not public.
Brazeau issued his call a day after the release of chief’s salaries across the country by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
The list, obtained under the Access to Information Act, revealed that 30 chiefs made more money than provincial premiers in 2008-2009.
Nine of the chiefs listed, whose names were not revealed, made over $150,000 a year and the top earner made $247,000.
Brazeau posted a YouTube video last month calling for the government to review its funding to the AFN, arguing the organization provided no services.