The East Belfast Assembly candidate was speaking as the party launched the document – entitled How to Change Northern Ireland for Good – today (Tuesday) at the Park Avenue Hotel in East Belfast.
Mrs Long said the manifesto showcased the need to change things to make our politics work better, a desire she said has been repeated by people she has talked to on the campaign trail.
“This manifesto highlights Alliance’s desire for good Government, good relations, good prospects, good services and good leadership, steps which we believe need to happen to help move Northern Ireland forward.
“There is evidence of a change in mood for many people. The public are sick and tired of corruption, cronyism and incompetence, and want the reforms necessary to create a health service that delivers, an education service that works and an economy that benefits everyone.
“But a vote for Alliance is not simply a protest vote. As this manifesto shows, instead it is a vote for a party offering something positive, with a proven track record of leadership. For a party who has shown competence for Government, diligence in opposition and with a vision for all in Northern Ireland, not just some.
“This is the chance to change things and change them for good. If people take the opportunity, they can make a difference.”
Alliance’s 2017 Assembly manifesto is available here.