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When parliamentarians talked about aboriginal financial transparency – Macleans.ca
by NationTalk onOctober 19, 2012402 Views
It’s no secret that everyone in politics loves to love transparency. Nor is it a secret that governments love to demand transparency from organizations under its jurisdiction. Enter the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
The committee met yesterday to discuss Bill C-27, the First Nations Financial Transparency Act. The legislation, if you believe its proponents, is designed to make bands more accountable for the money they spend. Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan defended the bill at the same committee earlier in the week, but not everyone agrees about C-27′s merits. (Earlier this week, The Hill Times wrote a comprehensive tale of the tape that outlines who’s for and against the bill, and why. It’s worth a read, because what’s at stake here is quite complex.)