Federal Newfoundland and Labrador cabinet minister Peter Penashue has connections with a controverisal Innu development company.
Penashue took out a $25,000 loan from the Innu Development Limited Partnership to finance his federal election campaign in Labrador in 2011.
On Wednesday, CBC reported that Paul Rich, the former CEO of the IDLP, took home more than $1 million in salary over two years, and other Innu leaders were paid $30,000 each to sit on the board of the company.
Elections Canada documents said the loan was interest free, but a spokesperson for Penashue said that information was a typo, and the actual interest rate for the loan was seven per cent.
Officials from Penashue's office couldn't say how much of that loan is still outstanding.
Rich, the man at the centre of the controversy, also personally helped Penashue's campaign, giving $1,100, the maximum amount allowed under the law.
Innu want RCMP investigation
Jeremy Andrew, a board member on the Innu Nation, said the RCMP should do a criminal investigation into the finances at the Innu Development Limited Partnership.
Andrew said as an Innu Nation board member, he can't do anything directly to get answers about how the IDLP has been spending money or whether its earnings have been going back to the Innu people, which is why he said he would like police to become involved.
"Nothing's come out if it is benefitting the people or if it's benefitting a few people," Andrew pointed out. "It's not out there and the people want to know where this money's gone."
The Innu Nation has acted quickly on the concerns about the company, voting on Wednesday to stop sending almost a $1 million a year in mining royalties to the IDLP.
How Much Do Our MPs Make?
Here's a rundown of <a href="http://www.parl.gc.ca/ParlInfo/Lists/Salaries.aspx?Menu=HOC-Politic&Section=03d93c58-f843-49b3-9653-84275c23f3fb&Year=2011" target="_hplink">how much our MPs make</a> depending on their position in the House. (Alamy)
MP - $157,731
The base salary for a Member of Parliament is $157,731. Being named to cabinet or other positions nets an MP extra pay. (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/scazon/" target="_hplink">Flickr: Scazon</a>)
Government and Opposition Whip - $186,151
NDP MP Nycole Turmel is the Official Opposition Whip. (CP)
Leaders of Other Parties - $211,425
Bob Rae is the interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. (CP)
Minister of State - $214,368
Tim Uppal is the Minister of State for Democratic Reform. Ministers of State are essentially junior cabinet ministers. (CP)
Cabinet Minister - $233,247
Jim Flaherty is Minister of Finance. (CP) All ministers also receive a car allowance of $2,122.
Leader of the Opposition - $233,247
As NDP chief, Thomas Mulair is leader of the Official Opposition. He also receives a $2,122 car allowance. (CP)
Speaker of the House - $233,247
Andrew Scheer is currently serving as speaker. On top of his salary, Scheer receives a rent allowance of $3,000 and a car allowance of $1,061. (CP)
Prime Minister - $315,462
As Prime Minister, Stephen Harper also receives a car allowance of $2,112. (AP)