Roger Coles

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Roger Coles
MLA for Tatchun
In office
1985 – October 31, 1986
Preceded byHoward Tracey
Succeeded byDanny Joe
Leader of the Yukon Liberal Party
In office
1984 – May 9, 1986
Preceded byRon Veale
Succeeded byJim McLachlan
Personal details
Born(1958-09-19)September 19, 1958
DiedJune 28, 2013(2013-06-28) (aged 54)
Drayton Valley, Alberta
Political partyLiberal

Roger Coles (September 19, 1958 – June 28, 2013) was a Canadian politician, who represented the electoral district of Tatchun in the Yukon Legislative Assembly from 1985 to 1986. He was a member of the Yukon Liberal Party, and the party's leader from 1984 to 1986.

He resigned his position as leader on May 9, 1986 after being arrested and charged with selling cocaine to an undercover police officer.[1][2] He subsequently resigned his seat in the legislature on October 31 after pleading guilty to cocaine trafficking, and was sentenced to three years in prison.[2][3]

He later moved to Drayton Valley, Alberta, where he served on the municipal council.[4] He died on June 24, 2013 in Drayton Valley.[5]


  1. ^ Kenneth Coates, Judith Powell (1989). The modern North: people, politics and the rejection of colonialism. James Lorimer & Company. p. 68. ISBN 978-1-55028-120-0. Retrieved 1 October 2010.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Yukon History at Hougen Group of Companies
  3. ^ "Coles Sentenced". Orlando Sentinel. November 4, 1986. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Ex-Liberal leader rebuilt his life after scandal". Whitehorse Star, June 28, 2013.
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