Per diem rates vary widely to reflect the difficulty of the job at hand, said a spokeswoman for accounting firm KPMG. The firm does a lot of business with First Nations, but is not involved in the Attawapiskat contract.
Attawapiskat forced to pay consultant
"What they've done is taken $300,000 out of this band's limited budget for political cover to pay for the mistakes of an incompetent minister," Angus said. "They have to shut down programs to pay for this guy."
"We will not respond due to the confidential nature of our arrangements," Marion said in an email response to questions from The Canadian Press.
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Instead, the band will soon find itself cutting off educational assistants and aides for special needs children in order to scrape together the money to pay the consultant, said New Democrat MP Charlie Angus, whose northern Ontario riding includes Attawapiskat.
The high pay removes incentives for third party managers to resolve outstanding issues and leave, Beardy said.
Aboriginal Affairs officials told The Canadian Press they have an agreement to pay Jacques Marion of BDO Canada LLP a total of $180,000 to look after the reserve's accounts from now until June 30.
However, Aboriginal Affairs is now making some details public.
But Prime Minister Stephen Harper brushed aside criticism of the fees and requests from the opposition to cover the costs. Harper told the House of Commons the government is just making sure the band council in Attawapiskat stops mismanaging taxpayers' money.
"We're investing . additional hundreds of thousands of dollars in emergency services to make sure people are being taken care of," he said.
The appointee is also supposed to be working "on site," the department email says.
Marion has been told to assess the need for housing, and then provide "safe, warm shelter" to anyone living in a temporary home, until other housing options are identified.
Marion's daily fee is about a month's salary for educational assistants, he added.
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Assembly of First Nations officials say per diem rates for third party managers are between $1,000 and $3,000, plus expenses.
On Wednesday, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan wrote the band's Nike Air Max Tavas Photo Blue
Many third party managers run their reserves' finances from another location, and Duncan has said Marion will operate that way if he's not allowed into Attawapiskat. Marion is based in Winnipeg.
Stan Beardy the grand chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation that includes Attawapiskat says communities in the James Bay region would normally have to pay $200,000 and $300,000 a year for such a government appointee.
The price tag is well within the going rate, say those familiar with third party management of First Nations.
OTTAWA The federal government is forcing the troubled Attawapiskat First Nation to pay a private sector consultant about $1,300 a day to run its finances even though the government's own assessments say the third party management system is not cost effective.
on the winter road.
However, for now, Marion is not there because the band council sent him packing when he arrived on Monday.
"The work of the third party manager will support the department's first priority which is to address the community's immediate health and safety issues," said a note from departmental spokeswoman Genevieve Guibert.
Band Chief Theresa Spence has argued vigorously against intervention, saying it is an attempt to discredit her leadership during a housing crisis that requires immediate measures and not the long term accounting advice that generally comes from third party management.
"It's hard to get out of deficit that way," Oneida Chief Joel Abram added during a break in annual chiefs' meetings in Ottawa. "Maybe they (the federal government) should be in third party management."
Neither KPMG nor BDO would comment on specific rates, nor would Marion explain what he would do in return for the fees.
"The people of that community and the wider taxpayers of this country have an absolute right to ensure that that money is being used and being used effectively, and that is what we are doing."
That rate over the course of a year would run up to $300,000 and easily pay for at least one nice, solid house, Nike Air Max Tavas Se Trainers In Black And White notes Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Stan Louttit.
First Nations existing budgets," he said.
In a statement to The Canadian Press, the department said the appointee has been instructed to put the community's health and safety first, and to continue financing all building projects that support that aim.
Officials said Thursday the government will cover the cost of the evacuation, but were less clear about who would pay for the new houses, saying they would look to the third party manager for information.
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