Inuvik Boot Lake
Floyd Roland, deputy premier, minister of finance, minister of health and social services, and minister responsible for the Financial Management Board Secretariat.
The Boot Lake district encompasses the south half of Inuvik (pop. 3,484), and tends to be more affluent and less aboriginal than the north half. Situated on the East Branch of the Mackenzie River not far from the Arctic Ocean, Inuvik is the business, tourism, and government hub of the Mackenzie Delta, and is Canada's largest community north of the Arctic Circle. The surrounding landscape is flat, scrubby boreal forest, not far from the tree line. The Dempster Highway links the community by road to Fort McPherson, Tsiigehtchic and the Yukon. For the past 25 years, oil and gas exploration in the Beaufort Sea has kept Inuvik on an economic roller coaster. With renewed talk of building a gas pipeline down the Mackenzie Valley, Inuvik is again booming.
From Elections N.W.T.:
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Floyd Roland, who easily won this district in the 1999 election, was acclaimed in 2003. In the most current legislative assembly, he served as finance minister. The auto mechanic and former town councillor first came to power in 1995, ousting incumbent MLA Fred Koe. Voter turnout here has tended to be moderate. Prior to 1999, this district and the Inuvik Twin Lakes comprised a single district.
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