The 31-year-old, who is currently a Port Alberni city councillor, is independently wealthy after success in Vancouver real estate. She’s done so well that she collects Rolls Royce cars, and says she can afford to donate the over $100,000 salary.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to build up my career in a way that allows me to do so and I wish everyone could do so but unfortunately that’s not the case,” Poon said.
But in this working mill town that’s seen many downtown businesses close in the pandemic, the pledge is not receiving the reaction that Poon may have expected.
BC NDP candidate for Mid-Island Pacific Rim Josie Osborne agrees.
“I think this kind of offer is something that only the wealthy and the privileged can make and I ran to work for people. So I think this is a sign of just how out of touch the BC Liberals are,” Osborne said.
BC Green candidate for Mid-Island Pacific Rim Evan Jolicoeur also doesn’t agree with the pledge.