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

It is the only current electoral district of the territory and is represented in parliamentmarker by Dennis Bevington (New Democratic Party) in the 40th Canadian Parliament.


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


The district is coterminous with the Northwest Territories.


The electoral district was created in 1976 from the electoral district of Northwest Territories (1962 - 1976). When Nunavutmarker 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 Nunavutmarker, 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

The riding's first MP was Progressive Conservative MP David 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.

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