Western Arctic

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Western Arctic
Flag of the Northwest Territories.svg Northwest Territories electoral district
Northwest Territories, Canada.svg
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Dennis Bevington
New Democratic
District created 1976
First contested 1979
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 41,462
Electors (2011) 27,886
Area (km²)[2] 1,143,793.47
Pop. density (per km²) 0.04
Census divisions Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6
Census subdivisions Yellowknife, Hay River, Inuvik, Fort Smith, Behchokò, Fort Simpson, Tuktoyaktuk, Fort McPherson, Norman Wells, Fort Providence

Western Arctic is a federal electoral district and senate division in Northwest Territories, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1979.

It is the only current electoral district of the territory and is represented in parliament by Dennis Bevington (New Democratic Party) in the 41st Canadian Parliament.

Demographics[edit]

Population, 2006 41,464
Electors 28,792
Area (km²) 1,346,106
Population density (people per km²) 0.03

Geography[edit]

The district is coterminous with the Northwest Territories.

Federal riding associations[edit]

Riding associations are the local branches of the national political parties:

Party Association Name CEO HQ Address HQ City
     Conservative Party of Canada Western Arctic Conservative Association Bill Aho 5523 44th Street Yellowknife
Green Green Party of Canada — Western Arctic Jessica Gamble 15 Gitzel Street Yellowknife
     Liberal Party of Canada Western Arctic Federal Liberal Association Peter Guther PO BOX 965 Yellowknife
     New Democratic Party Western Arctic Federal NDP Riding Association Mark Heyck PO BOX 2185 Yellowknife

History[edit]

The electoral district was created in 1976 from the electoral district of Northwest Territories (1962–1976). When Nunavut separated from the NWT in 1999, the boundaries of the riding of Western Arctic were made coterminous with the new boundaries of the NWT, with Nunavut being represented by the riding of Nunavut, formerly Nunatsiaq, which had represented the eastern half of the former NWT.

Unlike the other two territories, each of which likewise constitutes one riding, the riding of Western Arctic does not have the same name as its territory. In 2008, current MP Dennis Bevington introduced a private member's bill to rename the riding Northwest Territories. Such renaming bills are a routine procedure.

Members of Parliament[edit]

The riding's first MP was Progressive Conservative MP Dave Nickerson, who was first elected in 1979 and re-elected twice. In the 1988 election, Nickerson was defeated by Liberal Ethel Blondin-Andrew who went on to serve as the riding's MP for eighteen years, including two years as Minister of State for Northern Development. In 2006, Blondin-Andrew was defeated by New Democrat Dennis Bevington. The earlier riding of Northwest Territories had been represented by New Democrat Wally Firth from 1972 to 1979.

Parliament Years Member Party
Northwest Territories prior to 1979
31st 1979–1980     Dave Nickerson Progressive Conservative
32nd 1980–1984
33rd 1984–1988
34th 1988–1993     Ethel Blondin-Andrew Liberal
35th 1993–1997
36th 1997–2000
37th 2000–2004
38th 2004–2006
39th 2006–2008     Dennis Bevington New Democratic
40th 2008–2011
41st 2011–present

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Dennis Bevington 7,140 45.80 +4.36
Conservative Sandy Lee 5,001 32.10 -5.51
Liberal Joseph Handley 2,872 18.40 +4.82
Green Eli Purchase 447 3.10 -2.39
Animal Alliance Bonnie Dawson 87 0.60 N/A
Total valid votes 15,577 100.00
Total rejected ballots 78 0.50 +0.09
Turnout 15,655 55.43 +7.72
Eligible voters 28,244
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Dennis Bevington 5,669 41.44 -0.99 $39,961
Conservative Brendan Bell 5,146 37.62 +17.14 $84,329
Liberal Gabrielle Mackenzie-Scott 1,858 13.58 -21.7 $37,884
Green Sam Gamble 752 5.49 +3.65 $9,010
First Peoples National Noeline Villebrun 252 1.84 +1.87
Total valid votes 13,677 100.00
Total rejected ballots 56 0.41
Turnout 13,733 47.71
Eligible voters 28,787
     New Democratic Party hold Swing -9.1
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Dennis Bevington 6,801 42.67 +3.62 $40,703
Liberal Ethel Blondin-Andrew 5,643 35.40 -4.04
Conservative Richard Edjericon 3,200 20.08 +2.92
Green Alexandre Beaudin 296 1.85 -2.47
Total valid votes 15,940 100.00
Total rejected ballots
Turnout
     New Democratic Party gain from Liberal Swing +3.83
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Ethel Blondin-Andrew 5,317 39.44 -6.15 $58,782
New Democratic Dennis Bevington 5,264 39.05 +12.34 $39,504
Conservative Sean Mandeville 2,314 17.16 -10.52 $16,863
Green Chris O'Brien 583 4.32 $2,754
Total valid votes 13,478 100.00
Total rejected ballots 69 0.51
Turnout 13,547 47.33
Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Ethel Blondin-Andrew 5,855 45.59 +3.96 $56,498
New Democratic Dennis Bevington 3,430 26.71 +7.42 $27,323
Alliance Fred Turner 2,273 17.70 +2.99 $15,406
Progressive Conservative Bruce McLaughlin 1,687 9.98 -2.64 $8,374
Total valid votes 12,840 100.00
Total rejected ballots 72 0.56
Turnout 12,912 52.24
Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Ethel Blondin-Andrew 5,564 41.63 -20.84 $56,834
New Democratic Mary Beth Levan 2,579 19.29 +12.98 $22,393
Reform Mike Watt 1,966 14.71 +0.62 $4,546
Progressive Conservative Bob Dowdall 1,687 12.62 -0.71 $16,020
Independent Wally Firth 1,567 11.72 $8,857
Total valid votes 13,363 100.00
Total rejected ballots 94 0.70
Turnout 13,457 58.37
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Ethel Blondin-Andrew 8,867 62.47 +20.10
Reform Mansell Grey 2,000 14.09
Progressive Conservative Martin Hanly 1,892 13.33 -15.29
New Democratic Bill Schram 896 6.31 -18.78
Green Chris O'Brien 325 2.29
Natural Law Lynn Taylor 213 1.50
Total valid votes 14,193 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Ethel Blondin 5,415 42.37 +16.52
Progressive Conservative Dave Nickerson 3,657 28.62 -17.50
New Democratic Wayne Cahill 3,207 25.10 -2.93
Independent Cece McCauley 331 2.59
Independent Ernie Lennie 169 1.32
Total valid votes 12,779 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Dave Nickerson 5,822 46.12 +12.31
New Democratic Bertha Allen 3,538 28.03 -5.60
Liberal Lynda Sorenson 3,264 25.86 -6.71
Total valid votes 12,624 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Dave Nickerson 3,556 33.81 -1.35
New Democratic Wally Firth 3,537 33.63 +4.30
Liberal Gary Boyd 3,425 32.56 -0.59
Total valid votes 10,518 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Dave Nickerson 4,058 35.16
Liberal David Searle 3,827 33.15
New Democratic Georges Erasmus 3,385 29.33
Independent Edward McRae 273 2.37
Total valid votes 11,543 100.00

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