Premier Robert Ghiz healther, happier at 40

Wayne Thibodeau
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A special, one-hour prime-time special, A Conversation with Premier Robert Ghiz, airs this evening at 7:30 p.m. on Eastlink TV, Channel 10 and HD Channel 610. The special will be rebroadcast Dec. 30 and 31 at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Jan. 1 at 9 a.m. and Jan. 2 at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Premier Robert Ghiz made a commitment to himself that he would get in the best shape of his life during this his 40th year.

Ghiz had three good reasons why — Julia, Emma and Jack — his three young children along with his wife, Kate.

Ghiz turned 40 in January and nearly a year after making a commitment to become healthier, he has dropped nearly 25 pounds, transformed his diet and introduced a rigorous fitness regime which has moved him ever so closer to his ultimate goal.

“I’m 40 now,” Ghiz said in a year-end interview with The Guardian.

“Ten years from now, I’ll be 50. My father was diagnosed with cancer around that stage and passed away at the age of 51… I’m going to be 50 or 51 and I’m going to have a 15, 13, and 11-year-old.

“I want to be able to look forward to my kids’ high school graduations, university graduations, marriages and all those things.”

Ghiz’s father, Joe Ghiz, died at his home on Nov. 9, 1996, at the age of 51, following a battle with colon cancer.

In the words of now Senator Percy Downe, Joe Ghiz’s passing came way too soon. He said Joe Ghiz was destined for bigger things.

Robert Ghiz was in his early 20s when he said goodbye to his father during a state funeral at St. Dunstan’s Basilica in Charlottetown. It left a lasting impression on the man who Prince Edward Island residents now call premier.

Ghiz, whose wife, Kate, is an emergency room physician, said he knows there are no guarantees.

But he wants to do everything he can to stay healthy. He said while he may soon allow himself to have a slice of pizza or a bag of chips, he plans on staying committed to his new, healthier lifestyle.

“It’s giving me more energy. I’m feeling better. I’m enjoying life more.”

During his annual year-end interview, which will be aired tonight at 7:30 p.m. on Eastlink TV, Ghiz discusses a whole host of issues from the province’s decision to cut public sector pension plans, to the Senate spending scandal, to his blockbuster announcement that Hal Perry was crossing the floor to join the Liberals.

Ghiz confirms he met with Perry at the premier's Brighton home two weeks before the blockbuster announcement, where they went over the plans for his defection to the Liberals.

“‘If you’re interested in coming over, we’d be interested in you coming’,” Ghiz said. “‘But we can’t tell anyone. We need to keep it a secret.' Two weeks later we made the announcement.”

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Brighton

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Recent comments

  • Star Light, Star Bright . . .
    December 27, 2013 - 07:49

    As a fellow human being I wish on Ghiz peace of mind and healthy relationships. On a political level, I wish he would become a liberal. But, there's no evidence that's going to happen. Oh well, I guess it's true that if we live in a place with no stars, we just have to wish on each other.

  • Health
    December 27, 2013 - 00:12

    Wonder if he could show most islanders how to get healthy on a social service limit of six hundred dollars a month to rent a room and board or single bachelor apt . I say GHIZZ looking out for number one and not Islanders at all . Said a doctor for every islander says in this article his wife is one so that's great he's living the dream !

  • who cares
    December 26, 2013 - 16:05

    Who wouldn't be in great shape after running the province into the ground and getting paid a boat load of money to do it.

  • Here's A Thought
    December 26, 2013 - 15:00

    Well, Mr. Ghiz, perhaps now you can begin to understand the importance of nutritious, gmo free, pesticide free, real, local food. Perhaps you will begin to see the importance of uncontaminated water and why we should strive to keep it clean. It's a process, this eating healthy and living a lifestyle that keeps you that way. You have made a choice. Let's see if you can stick with it.

  • L C
    December 26, 2013 - 14:45

    Seriously? who cares......

  • Donnie Don
    December 26, 2013 - 14:28

    No amount of money from Ghiz or anybody else would be enough to pay back your damaged goods, put a sock in it.

  • Liberal dong
    December 26, 2013 - 14:27

    If Ghiz had to run a household on minimum wage then he would age up badly,he is only riding on this late fathers coat tail,and never knew how to get his soft hands dirty at a real job.And no decent paying jobs on PEI. That is no secret to islanders there should be no secret in politics, we as taxpayers are not dummies,only at election time.

  • Garth Staples
    December 26, 2013 - 13:31

    I didn't know there was that much INK inventory at the Guardian!

  • don
    December 26, 2013 - 10:17

    well ghiz you can afford to eat the good food , exercise etc. but most of the tax payers who pays for your fancy eating can not afford it. why because wes and you keep giving away money that never needs o be paid back. and what is the story on the 10 million plus interest from OCI? the 4 mill plus to the loto?and all the rest of the loans like to one certain farmer? etc we want we DEMAND our money back now tell us when are we getting it back? and where is our doctor for every islander coming ? what century ?