Wade MacLauchlan takes over as P.E.I. premier on Monday

MacLauchlan takes over as provincial Liberal leader from Robert Ghiz

CHARLOTTETOWN – Prince Edward Island will have a new premier today when Wade MacLauchlan takes over from Robert Ghiz.

MacLauchlan took over as provincial Liberal leader at a convention in Charlottetown on Saturday.

He was unopposed for the leadership of the governing Liberal party, which holds 23 of the 27 seats in the legislature.

MacLauchlan becomes the province’s 32nd premier as well as chairman of the Council of the Federation, which is made up of all Canadian premiers.

The 60-year-old enters the position following a career as a lawyer and academic, including more than a decade as president of the University of Prince Edward Island.

The next P.E.I. election could be as late as April 2016, but MacLauchlan has suggested he could have more to say about election plans as early as this Friday.