Kiel Giddens was introduced Saturday as BC United’s candidate for Prince George – Mackenzie in anticipation of the next provincial election scheduled for October 2024.
Current Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris announced earlier this year that he will not be seeking re-election.
“Whether we’re tackling challenges such as crime, health care, 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,” Giddons said in a news release. “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.”
Giddens says he is an advocate for meaningful change. He’s committed to lowering the cost of living for families, ensuring responsible fiscal management that respects taxpayers, fostering job creation, and cracking down on crime. Additionally, he’s dedicated to urgently addressing the pressing health care issues in the North and strengthening mental health and addiction services.
“In Kiel, we have a candidate with a unique blend of perspective and experience,” said Morris. “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.”
Giddens brings over 15 years of experience to the BC United team, including leadership in the private sector and government roles. He played a pivotal part in establishing the LNG industry in British Columbia and Canada as project director, public affairs British Columbia at TC Energy.
As the former President of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, he advocated for small businesses and local employment prospects. Giddens currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and has held several roles on boards and working groups for the betterment of the Northern region.
“Kiel is ready to hit the ground running,” said Bond. “His energy, intelligence, and strong work ethic enable him to step into this role, championing the people of Prince George – Mackenzie from day one. I know Prince George – Mackenzie would be incredibly well-served having Kiel as their MLA.”
Giddens is the second person into the race to succeed Morris as Rachael Weber has been named as the Conservative candidate.