Dennis Patterson

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The Honourable
Dennis Glen Patterson
Senator for Nunavut
Incumbent
Assumed office
August 27, 2009
Appointed by Stephen Harper
5th Premier of Northwest Territories
In office
November 12, 1987 – November 14, 1991
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Commissioner John Havelock Parker
Daniel L. Norris
Preceded by Nick Sibbeston
Succeeded by Nellie Cournoyea
Personal details
Born (1948-12-30) December 30, 1948 (age 65)[1]
Vancouver, British Columbia
Political party Conservative
Religion United [1]

Dennis Glen Patterson (born December 30, 1948[1]) is a politician and lawyer. He served as MLA for Frobisher Bay and Iqaluit from 1978 to 1995, as NWT Minister of Education, Justice and Municipal Affairs and was chosen as the fifth consensus Government Leader (now Premier) of Northwest Territories, Canada from 1987 to 1991. He headed the campaign that led to the creation of Nunavut in 1999.[2]

Patterson is currently a member of the Law Society of Nunavut. In the past he has served as a Director of the Northwest Territories Law Foundation and as Chair of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Legal Services Board until 2000. He became a private consultant in 2001.[3]

Patterson was named to the Senate of Canada by Stephen Harper on August 27, 2009.[4] He will represent Nunavut as a Conservative.

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Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Preceded by
New District
MLA Frobisher Bay
1979-1983
Succeeded by
District Abolished
Preceded by
New District
MLA Iqaluit
1983-1995
Succeeded by
Ed Picco
Preceded by
Willie Adams
Senator Nunavut
1999 2009 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent