The $1-million dollar salary he took home last year angered most Canadians.
But Ron Giesbrecht has been re-elected as Chief of the Kwikwetlem First Nation.
Ron Giesbrecht received the huge paycheck as leader of the tiny Kwikwetlem band and consisted mostly of a bonus for brokering a land deal with the province.
In the election, Giesbrecht received 30 votes.
But one band member says even though enough members showed up to re-elect Giesbrecht, tensions remain high.
Ron Jackman says many still strongly disagree with the million dollars he’s paid.
That’s why Jackman says he has filed a lawsuit against Giesbrecht.
“The law suit just started and I am taking him to court for the 800-thousand [dollars] and for his ten percent bonus he took because as chief you shouldn’t be able to take that amount of money.”
Jackman says the lines of loyalty are distinct.
“Basically what it is, is his family, right? And it’s sad to say but our reserve is split in families, right? And it’s just he talked to his family and got them all on board.”
Giesbrecht’s one million dollar salary and bonus became public last year as part of new federal First Nations Financial Transparency Act.