11/13/2014 01:29 EST | Updated 01/13/2015 05:59 EST

Saskatchewan's premier responds to resignation of P.E.I. counterpart

REGINA - Saskatchewan's premier says he will miss his Prince Edward Island counterpart, after Robert Ghiz announced his resignation earlier today.

Ghiz says he will serve as premier until a leadership convention, at which point he will step down.

Premier Brad Wall says Ghiz has become a close friend, and he wants to wish him the best.

Wall says Ghiz is a voice for common sense and brings a national perspective to the premiers' table, such as supporting oilsands production in the west.

He adds that Ghiz's decision comes as a surprise.

Ghiz made the announcement at the legislature today in Charlottetown, saying he was proud of his government's record on a number of issues including the economy and education.

He has been the leader of the P.E.I. Liberals for 12 years.