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Tough End to Parliament, Christmas 2012.
Arctic Inspiration Prize
Meet with MP Dennis Bevington
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal


DECEMBER 20, 2012

Tough End to Parliament, Christmas 2012.

Parliament came to an end on Wednesday night last week, with a unanimous consent motion that stopped the sitting with two days left on the official calendar. The mood of our major democratic institution had been as low as I have seen it over the past seven years. Putting 308 people tightly together in a setting that is confrontational and highly competitive can have a detrimental impact on the most generous of souls.

Both sides of the House have their reasons for feeling no love. The Opposition, strong on social justice, equality of income, workers’ rights, and environmental protection, see that the impact of globalization and the world financial crisis are giving the ruling Conservatives room to change the fabric of our country in so many vital ways. Fighting a losing battle this year over two major omnibus bills has been difficult on interparty relations to say the least. With a Conservative majority in the House and in the 25 Standing Committees, the opportunities to focus attention and elicit the facts about a plethora of legislative changes has been sadly lacking. On top of this, closure on debate has been put into play over 30 times, by the Government in the House of Commons.

Since summer, the Conservative Government has faced unbudgeted expanding deficits, failed programs like the F35 fighter planes, unpopular changes to Employment Insurance, and highly controversial resource development decisions like the sale of Nexen and the proposed Gateway Pipeline.

However, Parliament will be back at the end of January and the next session promises to have a lot of action for NWT issues. Even before the session starts, there are plans for the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Committee to hold hearings in Yellowknife to hear from Northerners on the Surface Rights Board Act, which is part of Bill C-47. This Act will establish a 5 member board that will guarantee access to resource developers to all land in the NWT, where sub-surface interests have been established (compensation and conditions will be decided). Much of the opposition to this Bill will likely come from First Nations, especially from those who are still negotiating their land claims.

This northern hearing will be followed by a debate and final vote in the House of Commons on this legislation, likely late in February.

It has come to my attention that the long anticipated and controversial changes to the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act have been sent to various interest groups in the NWT. This legislation, which the Government has been promising for a while will follow the direction started with the McCrank Report and continued over the past three years with the appointment of John Pollard as the Government's front man.

The question of creating a single NWT Land and Water "Superboard" is real problem with this legislation. Most stakeholders in the NWT have expressed their opposition to it at one time or the other.

Other NWT issues that will need attention include the ongoing saga of our GNWT borrowing limit. This was upped in the last Federal Budget to 800 million, but because of the inclusion of self-liquidating loans and financial transactions in this total the GNWT will be at this new limit very shortly. This does not include the matching dollars for the Federal investment of 150 million in the Inuvik - Tuk Highway or the 250 million for the renovation to the Stanton Territorial Hospital. Our growing Territory needs investment and the financial shackles will have to be lifted.

I look forward to bringing out more information on these topics and many others moving forward in 2013.

To all of you, a very happy holiday season with friends and family.

May the sun shine brightly on your plans for the New Year.

Dennis Bevington Former MP

available as Acrobat PDF Tough End to Parliament


DECEMBER 14, 2012

Bevington congratulates the community of Lutsel K'e and its partners for being awarded the “Arctic Inspiration Prize”.

YELLOWKNIFE - Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington proudly applauds the community of Lutsel K’e and its partners for being recognized with the “Arctic Inspiration Prize” for their comprehensive approach in protecting, managing and training community members in the administration of Thaidene Nene, the Land of the Ancestors.

“This is a proud moment for Lutsel K’e and all residents of the Northwest Territories”, Bevington stated, “This award brings both national and international recognition to the outstanding potential that is possible when northern communities are given the lead to put their priorities into a sustainable action plan for future generations.”

The Arctic Inspiration Prize, administered by the Inspiration Foundation, recognizes and encourages teamwork and collaboration among diverse groups and organizations, from the north and south, in addressing the causes of issues of importance to the Canadian Arctic and its Peoples.

The Thaidene Nene partners will be sharing the prestigious million dollar award with four other national winners. The money will be reinvested into the Thaidene Nene Trust Fund.

This is the first year that the Arctic Inspiration Prize has been awarded.


For More Information Contact:
Ben Nind
Constituency Office of Dennis Bevington Former MP (Western Arctic)
(867) 669-8817
available as Acrobat PDF Arctic Inspiration Prize
Arctic Inspiration Prize external link

Meet with MP Dennis Bevington - BILL C-38

Bill C-38

Meet with MP Dennis Bevington for an in-depth information meeting on this Bill that affects us all.

Where? Upstairs Elks Club, 4919 49th St.
When? 12 – 2 PM on Friday, June 8th
Call 873-6995 for more information.
available as Acrobat PDF Meet with MP Dennis Bevington- BILL C-38
Videos available:
Meet with MP Dennis Bevington - BILL C-38 Part 1 June 8th, 2012
Meet with MP Dennis Bevington - BILL C-38 Part 2 June 8th, 2012

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

ER Jubilee

On February 6, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.

In celebration of this event, a commemorative medal has been created by the Government of Canada to recognize the outstanding contributions of 60,000 Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life. This medal program is one of the elements of the year-long Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Member of Parliament for the Western Arctic and the Senator of the Northwest Territories have been allocated a number of Diamond Jubilee Medals and are inviting the public to nominate NWT residents for this honour.

To be eligible to receive the medal, a person must:

The following guidelines should be considered when submitting a nomination:

Nominations may be made on the attached form and submitted by mail to the address below or by email to

NWT Diamond Jubilee Medal Program Committee
c/o Corporate Communications and Protocol
Government of the Northwest Territories
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9

Please provide nominations by May 1, 2012 for medals to be awarded in the spring and summer. Please provide nominations by October 15, 2012 for medals to be awarded in the winter.

Recipients will be selected from those nominated to meet the overall criteria of the program.

For additional information, please visit the link below on the Governor General’s website.

available as Acrobat PDF Nomination_Form
Governor General of Canada external link
Note: page 3 of PDF has Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal NWT Nomination Form