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Statements by Members Dennis Bevington Western Arctic
MP Bevington on Northern Policing Funding
MP Bevington to Recognize Arctic Winter Games in Parliament

Statements by Members Dennis Bevington Western Arctic

Friday, June 20, 2008

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the Liberals announced their carbon tax plan, which can only be characterized as a wont get it done plan.

As the British Columbia minister of the environment said, "They really are not actually taking the bull by the horns". As Dave Martin of Greenpeace said, "In our view, the[Liberal] plan really doesnt go far enough".

There are so many things wrong with this plan that it is hard to know where to start, but here are two. First, it has absolutely no targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; it does not even mention Kyoto. Second, there are no measures to encourage Canadians to embrace renewable energy.

All this plan would do is make Canadians, especially northerners and rural people, pay more, while large corporations continue business as usual.

This summer the NDP will be consulting with Canadians on how to best move forward with renewable energy. After listening to this, we will be putting forward a plan which would move Canada quickly toward a more renewable energy future, provide energy security, create new green collar jobs and, combined with our cap and trade plan, take real action to reduce greenhouse gases.


April 9, 2008

Mr. Speaker, last night the RCMP in Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories, peacefully ended an armed standoff. If this had happened in the community of Gameti, Northwest Territories, there would have been no police to respond.

The reason there are no police in Gameti, Colville Lake, Wrigley or Sachs Harbour is that Ottawa does not provide fair funding based on the real cost of government programs and services in the north.

The Conservatives are continuing this tradition. In the NWT, the so-called police officers recruitment fund covers about 75% of the cost of one constable, three-quarters of a crime fighter. The NWTs solicitor general says, "Were actually kind of disappointed at the allocation because its based on a per capita, with just a small top-up to the territories".

It should have been clear that more funding is needed after two officers were killed in the north. Just like the Liberals, the Conservatives talk a great line on the north but they will not walk the walk.

MP Bevington to Recognize Arctic Winter Games in Parliament

March 13, 2008

YELLOWKNIFE - Western Arctic Member of Parliament Dennis Bevington will make a statement in recognition of the 20th Arctic Winter Games in the House of Commons on March 14, at 1 p.m. MST (11 a.m. EST).