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Floyd K. Roland

Assumed office 
October 17, 2007
Preceded by Joe Handley

Assumed office 
Preceded by first member

In office
1995 – 1999
Preceded by Fred Koe
Succeeded by riding dissolved

Born November 23, 1961 (1961-11-23) (age 48)
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Shawna Roland

Floyd K. Roland, MLA (born November 23, 1961) is a politician from Northwest Territories, Canada. He became the 11th Premier of the territory on October 17, 2007.

Previously a town councillor and deputy mayor of Inuvik, Roland was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in the 1995 Northwest Territories general election, defeating incumbent candidate Fred Koe. He was re-elected in the 1999 Northwest Territories general election, winning in a landslide with 83% of the vote.

Roland was returned by acclamation in the 2003 Northwest Territories general election and acclaimed for a second time in the 2007 Northwest Territories general election, following which the members of the Legislature elected him Premier of the Northwest Territories on October 17, 2007.

His government survived a historic vote of no confidence on February 6, 2009 by a vote of 10 to 8, following allegations by a number of MLAs that he was refusing to communicate with them on major policy decisions, including changes to the territory's health benefits policy, a $34-million loan given to Discovery Air, approval of a $165-million bridge over the Mackenzie River, and plans to amalgamate a number of public services boards.[1]

It was also revealed that Roland had an extramarital affair with Patricia Russell, a clerk with the legislative assembly, in 2008.

He faced renewed controversy in May 2009 when the territorial conflict of interest commissioner, Gerald Gerrand, ruled that there were reasonable grounds to believe that the affair constituted a breach of Roland's duties of office, including not-yet-confirmed allegations that Russell passed on confidential information from legislative committee meetings to Roland.[2]


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