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"I wish the best for this community for the next four years and hope to return as your MLA four years from now."
- Evan Berger  
Former MLA and Minister   


Pat Stier - MLA Livingstone-Macleod
On Monday, April 23, former MD of Foothills Councillor Pat Stier was elected MLA for the Livingstone-Macleod constituency.
In an interview with the Pass Herald last week, Stier noted, “I’m surprised and thrilled and very excited to represent the constituents of Livingstone-Macleod. Obviously I would like to congratulate Evan Berger and all other candidates who ran a very fine campaign. I’d like to thank the constituents of Livingstone-Macleod for their great support and the numerous volunteers throughout the riding who donated all their time and effort toward our successful campaign”.
During his campaign run, Stier 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.
At the end of the night Stier won the race with a vote count of 8,565 as opposed to Progressive Conservative incumbent Evan Berger, a former Minister in the Redford government, who captured 7,403 votes.
This past year the Livingstone-Macleod boundaries were changed with new constituency boundaries 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 his campaign in this 30,000 person riding, and to ensure that concerns specific to different regions are addressed, Stier has divided his campaign into three physical regions, or as her referred to them, ‘mini campaigns’.
“We had a fairly high level of confidence regarding the election”, stated Stier. “We concentrated on, “the north area which extends from the northern boundary down to the High River and Cayley area, the central region which extends from Nanton south to Fort Macleod, and the south area comprises the areas of Pincher Creek, Cowley, Waterton and Crowsnest Pass”.
“We’re focused 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.
During his campaign run Stier noted, “I was given the impression that everybody felt like they were being ignored and I am hoping to be effective in changing that mindset”.
Stier plans to have an open line of communication with local councils and wants to set up a regional consultative committee that would be made up of community leaders who will meet with him on a regular basis to bring their needs to the government. According to Stier, “I believe this will provide a feedback mechanism for two-way communication”.
When asked how he feels being a minority MP in a majority government, Stier commented, “I think being an Wildrose MLA will allow me to represent people more effectively. I will be able to work for this constituency’s needs and help bring our concerns to the government, not just participate in lobbying.”
Stier recognizes that the job is a big one with a huge learning curve, but he feels he is up to the task.
In the near future Stier is heading to Edmonton for an orientation and meetings as the MLA for Livingstone-Macleod.
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