Kahnawake chiefs high earners

Federal government figures compiled by La Presse show that the elected officials on the Mohawk territory of Kahnawake on the South Shore are better paid than some of their political counterparts in Montreal.

Kahnawake's population is around ten-thousand.

Grand Chief Michael Delisle earns just over $100,000 a year. Council chiefs earn upwards of $72,000.

By contrast, nearly half of the elected officials in Montreal with much larger constituencies earn less.

However, some observers are warning against a direct comparison, arguing that the responsibilities of a First Nations chief are often more complex and demanding than those of municipal councillors and mayors.

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  1. bobby posted on 07/31/2014 10:57 AM
    Find it a little cheesy that you report someones personal salary.. If you give names out then lets see names of and pays of other officials like the mayor of MTL or Chateauguay to compare..

    Just saying.....
  2. Taiaiake posted on 07/31/2014 12:31 PM

    There is no comparison: are elected officials in Montreal with larger constituencies directly and personally accountable to their electorate? Is every Montreal constituent able to go to their representative's house or talk with him every day, or call them on the phone at home? The answer is of course, "Non." The MCK band councilors work much harder and have much more responsibility than the average non-Native politician. One more thing to consider: Chief Delisle is not corrupt - how many Montreal political leaders can you say that about?
  3. Donna O'Bomsawin posted on 07/31/2014 09:31 PM
    Thank you for wrapping that up so nicely Mr. Alfred....well said!
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