When Robert Ghiz celebrates his birthday today, he will be going into a year in which he becomes the longest serving of all the current premiers.
He will take over that honour once Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty steps down after his Liberal Party holds a leadership vote to find his replacement later this month.
Ghiz, who has been premier since 2007, said this will also be the first time in Canada’s history that the longest-serving premier who is in office is also the youngest. He's 39.
“It’s one of those things that, you know, it’s good to have the experience around the table,” he said.
The fact he is becoming the longest serving of the current premiers shows there is volatility in politics.
Ghiz will spend part of his birthday delivering his state-of-the-province address tonight to Island Rotary Clubs. He will be joined by Marc Garneau, Canada’s first astronaut.