NEWS RELEASE · 4th May 2011
Alie: It’s easy for politicians to promise other people’s money. I believe you have to lead by example.
BC First candidate for MLA in the Point Grey By-election to replace Gordon Campbell, Danielle Alie, will donate half her salary to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation if elected on May 11.
Alie said she made the commitment because she wanted to show the people of Point Grey she is serious about serving them ahead of her own interests. She says she has been hearing from many constituents concerned about wasteful spending like the $600 million roof on BC Place stadium by the BC Liberals.
“Any politician can promise to spend other people’s money on their friends and supporters, but I believe you have to lead by example. So I will donate my own money to a cause I believe in which will help the people in my riding who use this facility. I challenge Christy Clark to do the same,” said Alie.
“I have been very fortunate in life that I am able to do this. I believe that if you have been successful in business and in life that you must share your good fortune with others.”
BC First spokesperson, Chris Delaney, says Alie’s offer is the first time in British Columbia that any politician has ever made such pledge.
“This speaks volumes about Danielle’s integrity and commitment to the people of Point Grey. She is being amazingly generous, and proving at the same time that being an MLA is not about enriching herself, but about serving others. She will make a great MLA for Point Grey.”
Delaney says the Alie campaign will be sending out a brochure to all 40,000 residents of Point Grey this week so everyone knows there is a real alternative to the corrupt BC Liberals and the discredited NDP. He says the riding will soon be blanketed with her signs, and she has been busy knocking on doors and meeting with citizens and businesses to hear their concerns.
Delaney says May 11th will be an interesting day in BC. “Our campaign is building momentum as more and more people are fed up with being taken for granted by self serving politicians and are looking for an alternative.”
“Christy Clark might want to think twice about her strategy of not campaigning. She wouldn’t be the first politician to be given a wake up notice by the people she assumes will support her no matter how badly she treats them,” concluded Delaney.