Premier Robert Ghiz

May 03 2012 , 12:00PM
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Honourable Robert Ghiz was first elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in 2003, and was re-elected in District 13, Charlottetown-Brighton in 2007 and 2011.

He became Leader of the Liberal Party of Prince Edward Island in 2003, and became Leader of the Opposition following the provincial general election of 2003. He was sworn in as Premier of Prince Edward Island in June, 2007, after leading the Liberal Party to a 23-4 victory in the provincial general election of May 28. He once again led his party to victory in the provincial election of 2011, winning 22 of the 27 seats, and was sworn in again as Premier on October 18. In January of 2012, Premier Ghiz was named co-chair of the Council of the Federation Innovation Health Working Group along with Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan.

Premier Ghiz was born in Charlottetown on January 21, 1974. After receiving his early education in Charlottetown area schools, he went on to study at Bishops University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political studies.

Prior to entering provincial politics, he worked as a Special Assistant to Prime Minister Jean Chretien, as well as Special Assistant to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. He was also employed in the private sector as Manager of Government Affairs for the Bank of Nova Scotia in Ottawa.

Recently, Premier Ghiz has travelled to China and India and parts of the United States to promote Prince Edward Island and trade Premier Ghiz is married to Dr. Kate Ellis Ghiz. They have two daughters, Julia Elizabeth and Emma Christena.