Kiel Giddens has been selected as the BC United candidate for the Prince George-Mackenzie riding for the next provincial election.
Giddens, 38, served three years with the BC Liberal government as chief of staff of three ministries (transportation and infrastructure/aboriginal relations and reconciliation/environment) before returning to the private sector with Trans Canada Energy in 2013.
He currently works as public affairs manager for Trans Canada’s Coastal GasLink project to build a natural gas pipeline from Dawson Creek to Kitimat.
“Whether we’re tackling challenges such as crime, healthcare, economic growth, or affordability, I firmly believe that the BC United team, under the leadership of Kevin Falcon, is the only party capable of delivering better outcomes for the people of British Columbia,” said Giddens, alongside his wife Elyse and their two young sons at a reception Sunday at Northern Lights Estate Winery.
“I will continue to volunteer, to build partnerships, seek solutions and fight for the community I want for my kids. Let’s work together, united, for the North.”
A UBC political science graduate, Giddens also served as Prince George Chamber of Commerce president from 2020-2022 and is a board member of the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.
“In Kiel, we have a candidate with a unique blend of perspective and experience. He’s fully prepared to serve the people of Prince George – Mackenzie, hold the current government accountable, and fight for the outcomes our community deserves,” said Mike Morris, the outgoing Prince George-Mackenzie MLA.
The next election is scheduled for Oct 19, 2024.
Morris has held the riding as MLA for three terms, first elected in 2013.He announced earlier this year he is retiring from politics at the completion of his current term.
In August, School District 57 chair Rachael Weber was declared the BC Conservative Party candidate for Prince George-Mackenzie.