Health Minister Should Not Head Arctic Council: Bevington
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington is standing by his position that the Foreign Affairs Minister should be chair of the next Arctic Council, and not Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.
The NDP member said the issues facing all the Arctic Council countries are international in scope and require a higher profile.
"When it comes to the Arctic, it's an issue that the whole world is turning its head to. In Great Britain, whether it's in China, whether it's in Singapore, all over the world people are conscious that the Arctic is changing so rapidly, and there has to be an international response to that."
Bevington said this is by no means an attack on Minister Aglukkaq or her compentancy.
"It's not a personality issue. As I said before, I wish her all the success, but the focus needs to be on international agreements."
Bevington said he has no plans to cancel his trip to Finland later this month as Aglukkaq has suggested.
He said sending him to the Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic is taxpayer money well spent.
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