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Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt speaks during a 2013 announcement that Bill C-27, the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, had reached royal assent and become law.

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Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt speaks during a 2013 announcement that Bill C-27, the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, had reached royal assent and become law. Photo Store

Re: "Manitoba chiefs' salary data online" (July 30). Finally, we have a federal government with the courage to insist Canadians have the right to know how tax dollars are being spent by reserve chiefs and their councils.

Canadian taxpayers should congratulate the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and the First Nations people who pushed for this legislation.

Future prime ministers will also benefit from this legislation, as they will be able to find out which chiefs and councillors pay themselves the most ludicrous salaries and entitlements, thus ensuring we never run out of potential Canadian senators.

Cal Paul

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 31, 2014 A10

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