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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 1011 MP pensions guaranteed for life Mona Lisa attacked A young woman whose name was not available is held by plamclothes police after attempting to spray red paint on the Mona Lisa in Tokyo. The woman, who was arrested, apparently as protesting the Japanese National Museum's policy of refusing to allow hand apped persons to see the painting, on loan from the Louvre n Par'? The painting, protected by bullet proof glass, was not damaged Balloting backs natives By STUART LAKE OTTAWA (CP) to last month's Progressive Conservative party convention have voted overwhelmingly to place Metis and non status Indians on the same footing as registered Indians and Es- kimos Results of the March balloting released Wednesday show 85 7 per cent of the Conservative delegates wanted government services and programs now available only to some registered Indians to be ex- tended to an estimated persons of mixed blood or In- dians who lost their status Conservative party officials cautioned, however, that the approval of this resolution and others passed at the convention do not mean they automatically become party policy 'They are offered as a basis for discussion and to assist the leader and the caucus of the party by ascertaining the opinion of delegates on the points the party said in a news release The man given the credit for prodding the Conservative delegates on the native resolution is Tony Belcourt, president of the Native Council of Canada DEFINITIVE STATEMENT Mr Belcourt was not avail- able for comment Wednesday but at the March convention he said the Indian affairs department's budget of about million benefited only registered Indians There was no help for the non- status Indians or Metis Flora MacDonald (PC-Kingston and the Islands) said in an interview that the Belcourt resolution and others dealing with native people would be now con- sidered by a committee of Conservative MPs She said the committee would issue 'the definitive statement' on party policy on Indian affairs In another resolution the March convention voted strongly in favor of placing In- dian affairs under the secretary of state department This would leave the northern affairs de- partment with the duties of northern development only OTTAWA (CP) The pen- sion program available to members of Parliament who have served at least six years is guaranteed for life, regardless of how young they are when they retire Take for example Lome Nystrom, the New Democrat from Yorkton-Melville, who will be 28 next week If he is defeated in an election this year he will be eligible for a pension that will pay him at least by the time he reaches age 70 Mr Nystrom is one of 54 members elected June 25, 1968, who become eligible for the pension on the sixth anni- versary of that election The majority of those elected six years of Liberals There are 13 Con- servatives, six New Democrats and five Social Credit members Members contribute 3Vs per cent of their annual salary for the first 10 years in the House, three per cent in each of the next 10 and two per cent in each of the next five They don't contribute after 25 years This, coupled with the government's contributions, entitles a member to a pension equalling 75 per cent of his salary if he served more than 25 years That works out to a year FEW VETERANS But only two members now in the Commons have passed the 25-year mark former prime minister John Diefenbaker, elected in 1940, and NDP House Leader Stanley Knowles, elected in 1942 Several others are near the quarter-century mark For those with only the min- imum six years, however, the basic pension is a month, a year If a member doesn't make it to the min- imum, even by one day, he re- covers only his premiums Some observers say the pen- sions have become a political factor They argue that at least some of the 54 elected in 1968 have feared an election before their sixth anniversary on June 25 Mr Nystrom agrees the pension factor cannot be dismissed altogether, "but I just don't believe that it has as much influence on people's thinking as some people suppose MANY BENEFICIARIES Benefits have gone to 190 former members, 15 members' widows and one dependent child The pensions of 25 MPs have been suspended because they have become employed in the public service, those of an additional 13 suspended because they were appointed to and those ol 12 others suspended for unspecified reasons Seventy-nine former MPs have died since the plan was started in 1952 and one dependent child's pension was terminated In the 1972-73 fiscal year, which included the Oct 30, 1972 general election that eliminated the Liberal majority, 56 former MPs became eligible for the pensions Income for the year included members contributions of matched by the government The total, including interest was Total disbursements, in- cluding repayment of in excess contributions, was This produced a sur- plus of which added to the pension fund, brought it to Henry Kissinger has cheering section By LESLIE H GELB New York Times Service WASHINGTON Through a combination of circumstances, success, candor, deviousness, brilliance and sheer motion, Henry Kissinger has transformed most of Washington into a cheering section for his foreign policies Like no other recent secretary of state, Kissinger has commanded or cajoled support for most of what he wants to do Richard Nixon is still the president His aides still insist that he runs the show, and Kissinger does regularly consult him But Kissinger is treated by legislators, diplomats and journalists as if he had the last word He is widely regarded as "president for foreign affairs" and as his own best public relations man The president's weakness because of Watergate has meant added political strength for his secretary of Faces of Kissinger U.S state secretary displays expressions state Senators and representatives freely acknowledge in private that Nixon's domestic difficulties have led them to place even greater reliance on the person and the power of Kissinger Many legislators speak of Kissinger as a "national asset" because of what they see as his diplomatic wizardry, in opening new channels to Moscow and Peking and in bringing about negotiations in the Middle East As a Senate staff member put it, "there's nothing like success for gaming support up here Many legislators also admit to a desire to "protect Henry from the scandals of the Nixon administration Sen Clifford P Case, J said in an interview that the Senate foreign relations comm'ttee dealt with Kissinger's involvement in the wiretapping of some 'of his aides and several newsmen "quickly" so as not to embarrass him Case made it clear that he was not implying that Kissinger's role in establishing and monitoring the wiretaps went beyond what he had admitted He was saying, in effect, that the committee did not want to find out whether there was more to the slory The secretary, it is known, plays on the theme of domestic turmoil in his appearance before Congressional committees but without casting aspersions on the president He talks about the external dangers in internal weakness and division In his most -recent closed session with the Senate foreign relations committee, he explained that he needed the committee to help him fight what he called "the military industrial intellectual complex He said that this new grouping, a 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