An Act to amend the Northwest Territories Act (legislative powers)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.


Dennis Bevington  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of April 30, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Northwest Territories Act to give the Commissioner in Council the power to make ordinances for the government of the Territories for the closing up, varying, opening, establishing, building, management or control of any highways on public lands.


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Northwest Territories ActRoutine Proceedings

April 30th, 2009 / 10:05 a.m.
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Dennis Bevington NDP Western Arctic, NT

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-375, An Act to amend the Northwest Territories Act (legislative powers).

Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce this bill which would change the responsibilities for the development of new highways from the Government of Canada to the Government of the Northwest Territories under the Northwest Territories Act.

We have been calling for the development of highways. There is confusion over who actually initiates the development of these highways. With this amendment, it would allow the Northwest Territories government to proceed with real planning for the development of new highways, like the Mackenzie Valley Highway, that are really needed in the north. It would allow us to move forward with the preliminary work which would get it to the point where we could look at making this happen.

It would not take Ottawa off the hook for providing support to build this massive undertaking, but it would allow the people in the north to truly express what they see as important in their territory.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)