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Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald, his wife, Lori-Ann, and eight-year-old son, Ryan, are seen here in June. ((Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press))

Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald confirmed that he has separated from his wife of 12 years.

MacDonald gave reporters no detailsMonday, sayinghe doesn't want people prying into his private life.

"I have a job to do," he said during an official opening of a call centre in Cheticamp. "Private matters should be dealt with privately and personally."

The premier's wife, Lori-Ann MacDonald, told the Halifax Chronicle-Herald last week that the premier had moved out of their home.

"We're not together anymore," she told the newspaper.

Reports said the premier is staying with his parents, while his wife and eight-year-old son remain in the family home in Mabou.

MacDonald's Progressive Conservative government won a minority inJune's election with the motto "Our home, our families, our future."

It was the 34-year-old's first election since taking over the Tory leadership from former premier John Hamm in February.

Tom Urbaniak, a political scientist at Cape Breton University, doesn't expect the separation will hurt MacDonald politically.

"Even though many Canadians will discuss this around the water coolers and at Tim Hortons, it doesn't affect– to a significant degree – their voter preferences," Urbaniak said.