|Dennis Fraser Bevington
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Northwest Territories
|Preceded by||Ethel Blondin-Andrew|
March 27, 1953 |
Fort Smith, Northwest Territories
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Residence||Fort Smith, Northwest Territories|
|Profession||Administrator, businessman, manager|
Dennis Fraser Bevington (born March 27, 1953) is a politician from the Northwest Territories, and is the member of Parliament for the riding of Northwest Territories. Born in Fort Smith, he served as mayor from 1988 to 1997. During Bevington's term at the head of council, Fort Smith recognized the Chipewyan and Cree languages, making the town officially quadrilingual.
A businessman, Bevington has long been active on environmental issues. In the 2000 federal election he ran as the NDP candidate for Western Arctic, but lost by 18% to incumbent Ethel Blondin-Andrew. Bevington ran again in the 2004 election, losing to Blondin-Andrew by only 53 votes, one of the closest races of the election. Bevington succeeded in unseating Blondin-Andrew in the 2006 election, with a margin of 1,158 votes.
Previously called Western Arctic, Bevington fought for years to have the riding name changed to Northwest Territories. Since 2008, Bevington has tabled three private member's bills titled "An Act to change the name of the electoral district of Western Arctic", all dying on the order paper. The riding's name was changed by the government before the 2015 federal election.
- "Western Arctic to Northwest Territories: MP calls for riding name change". CBC News. CBC. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- "Private Member's Bill C-332". LEGISinfo. Government of Canada. Retrieved 27 August 2015.