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The Honourable
 Robert W. J. Ghiz
 MLA BA


Incumbent
Assumed office 
June 12, 2007
Lieutenant Governor Barbara Oliver Hagerman
Preceded by Pat Binns

Born January 21, 1974 (1974-01-21) (age 35)
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island[1]
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Kate Ellis

Robert W.J. Ghiz, MLA (born January 21, 1974) is the Premier of Prince Edward Island.[1] He is also the son of former Premier Joe Ghiz.[2]

Life and career

Ghiz was born and raised in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, serving in the Canadian Forces Primary Reserves while attending high school in the early 1990s. He attended Bishop's University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in political science; his father spoke at Ghiz's graduation.

Ghiz moved to Ottawa following his father's death from cancer and worked as a political aide for Deputy Prime Minister Sheila Copps before joining the Bank of Nova Scotia in 1998. In 2001 Ghiz joined the office of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien where he served as Atlantic Canada advisor before leaving to run for leader of the Prince Edward Island Liberal Party in 2003.[1]

In 2003, Ghiz narrowly defeated former provincial Health Minister Alan Buchanan for the leadership of the party and went on to win a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island in the 2003 provincial election.[3] The MLA for Charlottetown-Rochford Square (now Charlottetown-Brighton) served as Leader of the Official Opposition in the provincial legislature from 2003-2007.

Ghiz faced a difficult controversy during the lead-up to the 2007 provincial election when he personally intervened in the nominating procedure in a rural electoral district northeast of Charlottetown. Ghiz refused to sign his party's nominating papers for the winning candidate who had made a controversial speech endorsing patronage.[4]

Ghiz led his party to power in the general election held on May 28, 2007, easily defeating Pat Binns after 11 years of Progressive Conservative government. Ghiz won 23 of the 27 seats, reversing the standings in the legislature at the time of dissolution. Ghiz and his 11-member cabinet were sworn in on June 12, 2007. A 24th member was elected in October in a by-election held after the resignation of Pat Binns.[1]

Ghiz's election resulted in the second time in the history of Prince Edward Island that a father-son team both became premier; the other pair (also Liberal) being Thane Campbell (1936-1943) and his son Alexander B. Campbell (1966-1978).[5]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Ghiz, Hon. Robert W.J.". Telephone Directory. Government of Prince Edward Island. http://www.gov.pe.ca/phone/makebio.php3?number=21557. Retrieved 2009-06-09.  
  2. ^ "Ghiz Page". The Family Corner Store, A P.E.I. History. Government of Prince Edward Island. http://www.gov.pe.ca/cornerstore/htmlsite/ghiz.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-09.  
  3. ^ "Ghiz gets to work". April 7, 2003. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2003/04/07/pe_ghiz20030407.html. Retrieved 2009-06-09.  
  4. ^ "New candidate for Liberals in Morell- Mermaid". CBC News. March 10, 2007. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2007/03/30/deacon-nomination.html. Retrieved 2009-06-09.  
  5. ^ "Ghiz, Robert W.J.". The Canadian Encyclopedia. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0010374. Retrieved 2009-06-09.  

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Preceded by
Ron MacKinley (interim)
PEI Liberal Leader
2003–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Jeff Lantz, Progressive Conservative
MLA for Charlottetown-Rochford Square
2003–2007
Succeeded by
RIDING ABOLISHED
Preceded by
NEW RIDING
MLA for Charlottetown-Brighton
2007–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Ron MacKinley
Leader of the Opposition
2003-2007
Succeeded by
Pat Binns
Preceded by
Pat Binns
Premier of Prince Edward Island
2007–present
Incumbent
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