Commissioners Appointed To The First Nations Tax Commission
KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA (May 1, 2007) – The Government of Canada announced today the appointment of seven Commissioners to the First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC). The FNTC is one of the four institutions created as a result of the passage of the First Nations Fiscal and Statistical Management Act (FSMA). The FSMA received Royal Assent in March 2005.
The ten-member FNTC is a shared governance First Nation public institution with legislative powers to regulate the on-reserve property tax system. It replaces and builds on the work of Indian Taxation Advisory Board by ensuring that the First Nation property tax system is administratively efficient, comparable with the rest of the country and considers the interests of on-reserve taxpayers. Those appointed to serve as FNTC Commissioners are:
Ms. Celine Auclair
Ms. Leslie Brochu
Mr. Lester Lafond
Mr. Ken Marsh
Mr. William McCue
Mr. Randy Price
Ms. Ann Shaw
“These appointments send an important signal to taxing First Nations, their taxpayers and to investors,” said C.T. (Manny) Jules, Chief Commissioner of the FNTC. “The First Nations Tax Commission will play a critical role in creating an environment for public and private sector investment on reserve, and in improving the overall economic conditions of First Nations.”
Mr. Jules said he was eager to get to work with his new colleagues. “The collective depth of knowledge and experience of the new Commissioners in the field of property taxation will provide a strong foundation for the First Nations Tax Commission.”
As part of the transition, ITAB will continue its services until the Commission begins operations.
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For more information, please contact:
Agnes Papanastasiou Public Affairs Officer Indian Taxation Advisory Board (613) 954-6201