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Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Accountability act would infringe on rights
I knew this was coming:
The proposed federal accountability act will infringe on native rights, an Alberta aboriginal leader says.
If passed, the legislation would give the auditor general the right to audit First Nations governments for the first time.
Rose Loubcan, chief of the Driftpile nation in northern Alberta, says the act, if passed as written, interferes with their right to self-government.
“We have a yearly audit by a reputable firm,” Laboucan said. “With my community, we go through [the audit] line by line … with our band members. We have a public general meeting on the audit, so we’re very accountable.”
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Any group that receives money from the federal government should be legally obliged to show their books when asked. Either that or maybe the feds shouldn't be giving out money to special-interest groups. Better to let individuals keep their money and let the groups fundraise from them.
Posted by: Shawn | 2006-04-18 1:24:31 PM
No Audit, no money.
Posted by: Warwick | 2006-04-18 1:37:19 PM
Rose Loubcan shouldn't take the Accountability act personally. It will help ensure that other aboriginal people across the country aren't being ripped off by bureaucrats, band leaders or anyone else.
And like Darcy said, if everything's on the up and up, she has absolutely no reason to worry. Think of how proud she'll feel, and how her credibility will soar when the audit confirms that her fellow band members have not been ripped off in any way.
Surely no harm can come from honest accounting practices.
Posted by: EBD | 2006-04-18 4:56:12 PM
From Loubcan's comments, it sounds like her objection has to do with losing ground on self-gov't.
Posted by: lwestin | 2006-04-18 5:20:38 PM
What exactly is native self-government? As far as I know it is the right to spend government dollars with out government oversight. That does seem ripe for abuse.
Posted by: wallyj | 2006-04-18 7:18:44 PM
Good question wally- what's the deal? Anyone?
Posted by: lwestin | 2006-04-18 7:44:29 PM
Given some of the recent stories about health conditions on some reserves an audit is probable long overdue. Rose Loubcan should alos consider that the Canadian taxpayers have rights too, susch as the right to know where/how are tax dollars are being spent.
Posted by: Proud to be a Redneck | 2006-04-18 7:51:28 PM
Given some of the recent stories about health conditions on some reserves an audit is probably long overdue. Rose Loubcan should also consider that the Canadian taxpayers have rights too, such as the right to know where/how are tax dollars are being spent.
Posted by: Proud to be a Redneck | 2006-04-18 7:52:34 PM
If an audit is an infringement of self-government, then so is being handed the money in the first place.
Posted by: Richard Ball | 2006-04-18 7:58:35 PM
Anyone who is 'cooking the books' will not want any 'intrusion' into monetary accountability. That is NOT Rocket science!! I have worked with money cookers and all of them flew the coop as soon as 'accountability measures' were adopted. There must be a few people shaking in their boots. Guilt smeared all over their faces. Hah!! the Big Shots of the Indian Affairs Party is over!!! I hope we are also looking into the robbers of the Liberano ilk - I want my money back - and they can spend some time in the jailhouse too. Now it's the Citizen's Party and we will laugh if we want to.
Posted by: jema54j | 2006-04-18 7:58:50 PM
"It will help ensure that other aboriginal people across the country aren't being ripped off by bureaucrats, band leaders or anyone else."
Perhaps this is so, but it will ensure that taxpayers across the country will continue to be ripped off by bureaucrats, band leaders, Indians, and EVERYONE else.
There is no way to "account" for what is in its essence an immoral and harmful welfare program. Tell me which of the following scenarios you think will lead to less glue-sniffing and child abuse by natives and less tax abuse on non-natives' paycheques and bank accounts:
1) Ordinary band members receive $40,000 worth of direct benefits per year from the federal government. The chiefs receive about $250,000 per year in salary and graft. Ordinary bureaucrats receive $120,000 per year in salaries and benefits. Crooked bureaucrats receive $500,000 per year in salary, benefits and kickbacks.
2) Ordinary band members receive $80,000 worth of direct benefits per year from the federal government. Chiefs receive about $80,000 per year in salary. Bureaucrats receive $120,000 per year in salaries and benefits.
There is no possible way to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. Welfare still harms the recipient and the "donor", and it does not become fair and it certainly won't become effective no matter how many auditors you pay to check the books.
And aboriginal policy is only the most blatant example of this. Go right down the list of every single major spending program and the same rules apply. Ripping tax money out of the hands of the owner of a profitable hotel and putting it into the hands of the owner of an unprofitable hotel is still a ripoff, even if auditors ensure that the recipient is not a friend of the prime minister, or a thief, or an arsonist. And so on for government "insurance" all kinds (employment, crops, pensions ...), crown corporations, health, education, immigration, culture ...
Canada is really just a big Indian reservation, and the inhabitants have been sniffing socialist glue for so long that they don't even know it.
Posted by: Justzumgai | 2006-04-18 9:44:45 PM
The blueprint for apartheid continues to live in Canada.
Maybe the United Nations can ban this barbaric practise in Canada the same way it did in South Africa.
It takes one corrupt organization to recognize the corruption of another system.
Posted by: Set you free | 2006-04-19 12:26:26 AM
This could create a lot of jobs for Indians.
I can just see them lining up to take accounting and fiscal management courses.
Posted by: Speller | 2006-04-19 7:36:26 AM
Walter E. William said-For Governments to take money out of one person's pocket and out it in anothers in legalized theft. He went on to say that NGO's (churches etc) do a better job of looking after the poor than Govn't org's.
There is no situation that proved that better than New Orleans. While the various levels of Govn't and their well-funded org's stumbled about shrilling at each other, St. John's Ambulance calmly and effiently went in and fed and helped more on less money than any other org. including the Red Cross.
Posted by: Polly | 2006-04-24 5:08:58 PM
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