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Statement from Premier Robert Ghiz on his adviser, Geoff Townsend, leaving for a job in with Nova Scotia's premier, <span>Stephen McNeil.</span>
The province’s director of communications is leaving Prince Edward Island to work for the newly elected Liberal premier in Nova Scotia.
Geoff Townsend, who has been a senior member of Premier Robert Ghiz’s executive office and key strategy advisor to the premier, has been appointed principal secretary for Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil.
In a statement issued late Tuesday, Ghiz congratulated Townsend on his new job.
“Mr. Townsend has been an important member of our team and a trusted adviser for the past decade,” Ghiz said.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Townsend for his service to the province and wish him the best in his new role in Nova Scotia.”
Townsend has been a close member of the P.E.I. premier’s inner circle since Ghiz was first elected leader of the provincial Liberal party in 2003.
Before that he worked for former premier Catherine Callbeck and later in opposition until the Liberals took office again with Ghiz in 2007.
His new job in McNeil’s office will be similar as the role he played in the Ghiz administration – advising the Nova Scotia premier on policy and strategy.
He won’t be leaving the Island right away. Ghiz says he will remain in the P.E.I. executive council office until Nov. 28.
The Guardian sent a message to Townsend early in the day Tuesday requesting comment on this story, but received no reply.