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"Representing Crowsnest Pass is going to be an incredible experience."
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Former MD of Foothills Councillor Pat Stier was recently elected as the Wildrose Party’s MLA candidate for the Livingstone-Macleod constituency.
Since being elected, Stier has made several trips to the southern part of the riding, meeting with special interest groups and stakeholders such as the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition, South West Alberta Trails Advisory Council, Livingstone Landowners Group, Livingstone Range School Division and several other local groups about conservation, education, wind power, and other local issues.
“We’re really trying to go out and talk to people about what their issues and concerns are so we can be more effective in those areas,” said Stier in an interview with the Pass Herald last week.
Stier said meeting with constituents is important to him, even though it can be difficult in a riding as large as Livingstone-Macleod, which will be expanded even further in the next election.
Elections Alberta has indicated that the new constituency boundaries will be expanded to include the Priddis, Millarville, Bragg Creek, Black Diamond and Turner Valley areas, which are currently part of the Foothills-Rockyview riding, as well as the southern portion of the Highwood riding, including Longview, Cayley and the southern part of the MD of Foothills.
In order to effectively manage the large area and ensure that concerns specific to different regions are addressed, Stier has separated the riding into three physical regions.
The north area extends from the northern boundary down to the High River and Cayley area, the central region extends from Nanton south to Fort Macleod, and the south area comprises the areas of Pincher Creek, Cowley, Waterton and Crowsnest Pass.
“We’re focusing on going to every one of the regions and communities and talking to people so that we can refine our thoughts and try to be more in line with what voters want,” said Stier.
For those unfamiliar with the Wildrose Party, Stier describes it as a “small ‘c’ Conservative” party that believes in local decision making and grassroots politics.
“We think that local communities, families, and organizations do a better job of addressing social issues locally than big government,” said Stier, adding they would like to see local control of issues such as health care and education, rather than having them managed through super boards.
He said the main focuses of the party are health care, property rights, agriculture, clean air, land and water, and fiscal responsibility.
The semi-retired land planning consultant and DeWinton resident has served on the Livingstone-Macleod Wildrose Constituency Board since March 2011.
 

Stier worked primarily in the seismic data segment of the oil and gas industry in Alberta for much of his career and also spent several years in municipal government, including four years as an MD of Foothills Councillor from 2004-2007.
The former member of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party said he left the Tories because he didn’t agree with the direction the party was taking, particularly when it came to the Land Use Stewardship Act, which has major implications for Livingstone-Macleod.
He said Highway 3 is also a big problem and needs to be improved in order to address a number of safety issues, specifically in Crowsnest Pass.
Stier added that he has been hearing a lot of concerns from residents regarding decisions the PC party has made of late, specifically the changes to the impaired driving law.
“Wildrose is extremely mad about that one and we’re doing our best to try to oppose it,” he said, comparing it to the long-gun registry in Alberta.
“It’s condemning innocent people with no evidence, like the gun law, where a lot of innocent people are being chastised and suspected of doing something wrong when they weren’t,” he said.
“A couple going out for dinner and having a couple of drinks are now suspects, and that’s not right – we have to focus on the binge drinkers, not those who are going out to dinner.”
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MLA candidate Pat Stier.
“We think it really needs to be withdrawn, pulled back and rethought,” said Stier.
Stier said he, along with Wildrose leader Danielle Smith, will be speaking at the Pincher Creek Golf Club on February 14th, and he hopes many local residents will come out to speak to him.
“We’re really excited to be down there and working with everyone,” he said.
Stier encourages anyone who would like to contact him regarding their concerns and issues to send him an email at pat.stier@wildrose.ca.
For more information on the Wildrose Party, visit wildrose.ca.
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