VICTORIA – Green Party leader Elizabeth May and British Columbia businessman John Kidder were married Monday, Earth Day, at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria.
M me May announced her engagement to Mr. Kidder in November. She said she had known Mr. Kidder for about five years, but there had been sparks between them at the Green Party convention in September.
Mr. Kidder, 71, from Ashcroft, BC, married her about a month later, the politician said.
For the big day, Elizabeth May wore a creation by designer Sue Earle from Salt Spring Island. Some 500 people attended the ceremony.
Mr. Kidder has deep roots in the Green Party. He is one of the founders of the provincial party and will be a candidate for the federal Green Party in the October general election in a riding in British Columbia. M me May said her husband is a retired technology entrepreneur who operates a hop farm in Ashcroft but also spends time in Vancouver.
Brother of Margot Kidder
Mr. Kidder is the brother of the late actress Margot Kidder. He has three children and four grandchildren. M me May has a daughter, three stepchildren and seven grandchildren.
Wedding guests were encouraged to arrive by bike, bus, train or ferry to minimize their carbon footprint. The newlyweds will be spending their honeymoon on the train from Vancouver to Ottawa.