Dennis Bevington’s Record of Failure
Despite promising to fight to eliminate the $1 billion long-gun registry in the 2008 federal election campaign, he broke his promise to hunters, trappers and all Northerners when he instead held with his Party’s official southern-based position rather than supporting Stephen Harper’s Conservative Government when it finally put an end to this wasteful Liberal boondoggle in 2011.
He supports introducing a carbon tax that would significantly increase the cost of heating Northern homes, buying healthy food from NWT grocery stores, operating a business in the Territories and cripple our territorial economy.
In 2010 while representing residents of the NWT in Ottawa, he brought shame to us all when he fell asleep in the middle of a debate in the House of Commons.
When NDP leader Jack Layton announced his Official Opposition shadow cabinet on May 26, 2011, Dennis Bevington was not on the list. Despite being one of the most senior members of his Party, it’s clear even they don’t respect him as Jack opted for rookie MPs from Quebec instead of giving him a senior post.
In October 2012 Dennis Bevington wrote a letter to then immigration minister Jason Kenney. In it complains that wages for temporary foreign workers are, in fact, too high.
“I write to you today to request that your department provide me with a rationale for the wage rates established for temporary foreign workers,” Bevington wrote, according to the QMI Agency. “Complaints have been raised to my office that the wage levels that are being set for the low skills retail counter employees are high and making an important program unworkable.”
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, during a meeting of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, here’s what he told committee members and the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines:
“Really the desire to change the regulatory system in the Northwest Territories is being driven by this sense that exploration has declined in the Northwest Territories. That’s what’s driving it… You and the whole industry have been hammering on the Northwest Territories about mining exploration. After a while, I get a little tired of it.”
Unfortunately for Dennis exploration has and will always be the backbone of our territorial economy. The numbers only confirm what many have known for years: Our regulatory problems are chasing investment dollars out of the NWT at an alarming rate. Just six years ago, 2007 mineral exploration spending in the NWT was valued at more than $193 million. In 2013 it is expected to be worth a paltry $81 million. When you see long-time NWT businesses going bankrupt, others moving staff south in an effort to reduce costs, and our population continuing to dwindle, it’s clear the economic pie has gotten too small. Without an ongoing injection of investment dollars from outside the NWT and a fresh perspective representing us in Ottawa, these trends will only worsen. It’s also worth remembering that the infrastructure projects communities have been desparately seeking for so long will need to navigate the same regulatory maze.
In April 2013 he callously called for legalizing marijuana just weeks after the public learned the drug directly led to a 2011 plane crash that killed two NWT residents and forever changed the lives of two others from Lutsel K’e.