Photo: Meet Nunavut’s new senator

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS


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Meet Nunavut’s new senator, Dennis Patterson. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Aug. 27 that Patterson, 60, will fill the seat vacated earlier this year when Willie Adams, a Liberal, reached the compulsory retirement age of 75. Patterson, a longstanding member of the Progressive Conservative and Conservative parties, is well-known in Nunavut, having served as MLA for Iqaluit between 1979 and 1995. During that time, he worked as minister of education, minister of health and social services and minister of justice. He also served as premier of the Northwest Territories between 1987 and 1991. A lawyer, Patterson was the founding executive director of the Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik legal aid centre in Iqaluit and served as chair of the Baffin Regional Health Boar

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