FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2020
MAPLE RIDGE-PITT MEADOWS — BC Liberal candidate Cheryl Ashlie made the following statement today on John Horgan’s plans for a fall 2020 election campaign:
“Since I became a candidate in January, my team and I have been preparing for an election we know could come at any time. We’re fired up and ready to take on the NDP in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows whenever John Horgan chooses to trigger an election.
“However, I’ve been talking to community members and voters since the beginning of the pandemic, and absolutely nobody is asking for an election right now. They want elected officials to get on with the work of economic recovery — not play political games for partisan gain.
“If a second wave of the virus comes this fall as expected, our province needs to be focused on keeping vulnerable citizens healthy and safe — not putting them at risk with an election campaign a whole year ahead of schedule. The public health restrictions on gatherings and activities could make it almost impossible for voters to get to know their candidates, and safely participate in the democratic process.
“I’m calling on John Horgan and his MLAs to state clearly that they will not trigger an election in fall 2020. And if they won’t make that commitment, they should tell British Columbians why.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashlie has been at the heart of providing primary care to families and seniors through her work with the Ridge Meadows Divisions of Family Practice. A two-term Maple Ridge councillor and former school board chair, she is a mother of three and grandmother of two.