Dennis Patterson

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Dennis Glen Patterson
Senator for Nunavut
Assumed office
August 27, 2009
Nominated byStephen Harper
Appointed byMichaëlle Jean
5th Premier of the Northwest Territories
In office
November 12, 1987 – November 14, 1991
CommissionerJohn Havelock Parker
Daniel L. Norris
Preceded byNick Sibbeston
Succeeded byNellie Cournoyea
MLA for Frobisher Bay
In office
October 1, 1979 – November 21, 1983
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded bydistrict abolished
MLA for Iqaluit
In office
November 21, 1983 – October 16, 1995
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded byEd Picco
Personal details
Born (1948-12-30) December 30, 1948 (age 70)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Political partyConservative

Dennis Glen Patterson (born December 30, 1948) is a politician and lawyer.[1] He served as MLA for Frobisher Bay and Iqaluit from 1978 to 1995, as NWT Minister of Education, Justice and Municipal Affairs and was chosen as the fifth consensus Government Leader (now Premier) of Northwest Territories, Canada from 1987 to 1991. He headed the campaign that led to the creation of Nunavut in 1999.[2]

Patterson is currently a member of the Law Society of Nunavut. In the past he has served as a director of the Northwest Territories Law Foundation and as chair of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Legal Services Board until 2000. He became a private consultant in 2001.[3]

Patterson was named to the Senate of Canada by Stephen Harper on August 27, 2009.[4] He represents Nunavut as a Conservative.


  1. ^ Dennis Glen Patterson - Conservative Party of Canada
  2. ^ Brennan, Richard J. (August 28, 2009). "Harper dubbed 'patronage king'". The Star. Toronto. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  3. ^ "Northern Property REIT Management and Trustees". Archived from the original on 2007-05-16. Retrieved 2007-03-28.
  4. ^ "Ex-premier Patterson named Nunavut's new senator". CBC News. August 27, 2009. Retrieved 2015-12-01.

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