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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta MP salary boost in the works OTTAWA (CP) Salaries and allowances paid to mem- bers of Parliament's two houses now cost the taxpayer at least million a year and there are indications the bill might go up soon. One government source has said that if a salary increase isn't approved in the first year of the new Parliament, which begins Monday, it is almost a certainty in the second. The last increase, in 1971, raised the annual pay for MPs by 50 per cent to from The inflation rate since then has been 28 per cent. A basic a year might seem a large sum to someone who gets paid for a 40- hour work week, but many of the 264 MPs work longer hours. The parliamentary official estimates the average MP works about 60 works a week "and you can add an automatic 20 hours to that for said one parliamentary source. Most organized workers now work between 32 and 38 hours week- ly with provisions for over- time Members of Parliament get no overtime for extra hours spent in their Hill offices, in the House during the days and three evenings a week, trav- elling, working lunches and dinners and Saturdays generally spent on work in their ridings. In addition to basic salary, MPs and senators get tax-free expenses in quarterly che- ques. Senators get a year while most MPs get The exceptions in the latter case are the Yukon and Northwest Territories representatives who get to help cover their higher costs, mainly transportation. The expenses, on which no Tops poll With Senator Edward Kennedy out of the 1976 presidential race, Ala- bama Governor George Wallace appears the fa- vorite choice of Demo- crats for their party's presidential nomination, says a Gallup poll. official record is kept, may be spent in any way the MPs see businessmen or buying lunch for groups of visiting school children. Many maintain two in Ottawa and one in their riding. Ministers, as well as getting the basic have expense accounts on which there is no formal ceiling. All MPs are ent'tled to un- limited free rail travel anywhere in the country and 52 round-trip air passes. Six of these may be used by a wife travelling between Ottawa and her husband's riding and 10 others may be used by the member for trips anywhere in Canada and not necessarily on government business. There are other fringe bene- fits: Free parking on Parlia- ment Hill, mailing privileges, printing and copying services and office space here and in the riding. The government pays the rent for the nding of- fice and MPs may spend up to a year for a secretary to run the office. There are Senate and Com- mons barbershops where hair- cuts cost the parliamen- tary restaurant where a de- cent three-course meal costs as little as cafeterias where a substantial lunch costs even less and a private dining room and health club. Pension plans are available to MPs and senators. MPs contribute on a declin- ing scale for 25 years and make no contributions after that. S 5th St. S. CHARGEX FALL SELL-A-BRATION master charge GIRLS' EMBROIDERED BRUSHED DENIM JEANS With 2 front scoop pockets and 2 back pockets. Belt loops and a zipper closure. Sizes 7-14 8. INFANTS' PANTS Wide range of colors and fabrics. Sizes 12-24 AA months to CHILDREN'S CORDUROY LINED PANTS Styles suitable for boys' or girls'. Warm Flannel lining. A AA Sizes4-6x.............. Z.9V BOYS' INSTRUCTOR STYLE SKI JACKET Nylon shell with polyester filling Sizes 8-16.......... 9.99 CHILDREN'S MEDIUM WEIGHT PALL JACKET Nylon shell, hooded quilt lining, knit cuff. M Sizes4-6x................ 3.99 INFANTS'SLEEPERS Two-way stretch, to grow with child. Sizes 6-24 months CHILDREN'S LONG SLEEVE POLO-SHIRTS 50% Polyester 50% Nylon Z.4Jf INFANTS' LEATHER SHOES Sizes A _A 0-7 3.79 to 5.49 GIRLS' LONG SLEEVE PULLOVER SWEATERS 100% acrylic, choose from sizes 7-14. In a wide range of fall colors........ to 4" BOYS' CORDUROY PANTS 100% cotton, casual style, four pockets, wide loops, flare leg. New _ A A autumn colors. 8-16....... 9.99 S AA PROM SEPT. 30 TO OCT. 1 AND 2 PhotojniNfs Hun: 10 A.M. tt S P.M 317-Stti St. S. Open ThunNtoy Friday tffl t p-m. Salaries chart OTTAWA (CP) Annual salaries and expenses paid to members of Parliament: Basic MP salary Expenses Total Parliamentary Secretaries MP Extra salary MP expenses Total Chief whips MP Extra salary MP expenses Total Saturday. 28, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 25 EARLY WEEK PRICES EFFECTIVE UNTIL CLOSING TUESDAY. OCT. 1 ONLY! Commons Speaker Speaker salary MP expenses Car allowance Total Recognized MP Party leaders extra MP expenses Total Cabinet ministers MP And opposition extra Leader MP expenses 'Car allowance Total Prime Minister MP PM salary MP expenses Car allowance Total Senators Expenses Total MPs also receive a year to pay staff in con- stituency offices, the govern- ment pays the rent. Cabinet ministers have un- limited expense accounts and MPs' and senators' expenses are tax free. EQUIPMENT RENTALS 1410-ZndAve. S. Phone 328-4765 CON RETE DRILLING V." to 20" CONCRETE SAWS BOB CAT LOADER 4 Sizes TA DISTR (GET BUTORS SAWS-MILLS BUOESETC. EXPERT OPERATORS USED BOB CATS FOR SALE DIAMOND BLADES wtJ-