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OTTAWA-A First Nations band politician in Atlantic Canada has pulled in nearly $1 million in yearly pay, according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
The tax watchdog group has released a second round of documents outlining the levels of pay chiefs and band councillors receive across the country.
The documents show that 82 band chiefs and councillors made more money than the prime minister’s $317,574 salary in 2008-2009.
In Atlantic Canada, one reserve politician made $978,000 that year.
The Atlantic Canadian band chief or councillor is from a community with a registered population of 304, the documents show.
The documents obtained by the organization have the names of individuals blacked out.
Alberta has the highest paid chiefs and councillors in the country, according to the documents.
In Alberta, home to the largest oil reserves in the world outside Saudi Arabia, 47 chiefs and councillors made more than the prime minister in 2008-2009.
British Columbia had the second highest number of band politicians making more than the prime minister with 18, followed by Atlantic Canada with nine, Manitoba with five, Saskatchewan with two, Ontario with one and Quebec with none.
A Saskatchewan Conservative MP recently tabled a private members bill to make all chief and band councillor salaries public.
Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau issued a statement Monday saying the recently released numbers show the need for the bill to become law.