Floyd Roland

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Floyd K. Roland
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11th Premier of the Northwest Territories
In office
October 17, 2007 – October 26, 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Commissioner Tony Whitford
George Tuccaro
Preceded by Joe Handley
Succeeded by Bob McLeod
MLA for Inuvik Boot Lake
In office
1999–2011
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by Alfred Moses
MLA for Inuvik
In office
1995–1999
Preceded by Fred Koe
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Personal details
Born (1961-11-23) November 23, 1961 (age 52)
Political party Conservative **(Current President of the Western Arctic Conservative Association)

Floyd K. Roland, MLA (born November 23, 1961[1]) is a politician from Northwest Territories, Canada. He was the 11th Premier of the Northwest Territories, having held office from October 17, 2007 to October 26, 2011.

Previously a town councillor and deputy mayor of Inuvik, Roland was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in the 1995 Northwest Territories general election, after defeating the 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 the $165-million Deh Cho Bridge, and plans to amalgamate a number of public services boards.[2]

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.[3]

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