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Pat Stier says Wildrose is obvious choice for Alberta

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Wildrose Party candidate Pat Stier is seeking re-election in Livingstone-Macleod.

Wildrose Party candidate Pat Stier entered the provincial election campaign battle-tested and experienced.
The incumbent candidate in Livingstone-Macleod, Stier said last week his party has emerged as the obvious choice for voters on Tuesday, May 5.
“We’ve proven ourselves as being good strategists, people who have the right ideas and people who convinced the government to change so much in the past 2 1/2 years,” Stier said. “With that kind of documented success we think that if elected as government we can bring more change into effect faster.”
“We’re coming up with a lot of the right ideas in this campaign that people are responding to.”
Stier was elected in 2012, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative candidate Evan Berger.
Prior to running provincially, Stier served one term as councillor with the MD of Foothills, served on that district’s planning, subdivision, development and assessment boards and was president of the Dunbow Road Residents Association from 1988-’99.
Stier comes from a farm and ranch background and worked in the seismic data field in the oil and gas industry in Calgary. He was also president of River Canyon Enterprises Inc, a rural land planning consulting company.
While an MLA, Stier served as Wildrose critic for transportation, sustainable resource development, infrastructure and municipal affairs.
Stier said Thursday the budget proposed by Jim Prentice and the Progressive Conservatives with its tax hikes and new fees has emerged as a main issue in the riding.
People are also concerned with measures proposed by Rachel Notley and the New Democrats, including higher corporate tax and a $15 an hour minimum wage.
“We are the one party that is standing up for no new taxes and we continue on that message,” Stier said. “That is our key message.”
Power lines, education funding and the environment have also dominated conversation as Stier has toured the riding.
“The issues of the day can vary as I go door-to-door,” Stier said. “Here in this town, there’s a lot of people still talking about the good old police college and what these new promises they’re making now are going to be like in relation to that one.”
Stier was referring to the $122-million Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training Centre promised to Fort Macleod and cancelled by then-Premier Alison Redford.
Stier said people are concerned the same thing will happen with the $7.25-million promised last month by Seniors Minister Jeff Johnson for a new Macleod Pioneer Lodge in Fort Macleod.
“I’m extremely happy Fort Macleod has been selected to get a new seniors’ facility,” Stier said. “That is a fabulous thing. Let me be very clear about that. However, one has to wonder when you see something like that if it isn’t some kind of last minute election promise.”
Stier noted he was not invited to the announcement as Wildrose MLA, but Progressive Conservative candidate Evan Berger was at Macleod Pioneer Lodge.
“It’s wonderful that any community gets a marvelous improvement like that, but on the other hand the optics just are not good,” Stier said.
While on the campaign trail Stier has heard from people who were pleased and impressed that he did not cross the floor to the government side along with Wildrose leader Danielle Smith and eight other MLAs.
Stier said many of the same issues — taxes, the budget, education, health care, the Wildrose defections — are emerging as key across the province.
Measures proposed by the Progressive Conservative government have emerged as a hot button issue.
“Instead of cutting wasteful spending, instead of looking at other alternatives, they’ve come along and taxed individuals and families,” Stier said. “People are really upset about that.”
Stier enjoyed his time as MLA, bringing issues of concern from the riding to the Legislature.
Stier said as an opposition MLA he was able to represent the riding in a different manner than the previous MLAs — including Berger — who were all Progressive Conservatives.
“I’ve brought I think to the Legislative Assembly on behalf of the people who live in this riding a lot of things the government did not want to be raised,” Stier said. “I think that’s true representation, in a different way than what a lot of the previous MLAs would have done, because I’ve been in opposition. Iā€ˆhaven’t been here to make excuses. I’ve been here to take their concerns and actually do something about it.”
Stier is optimistic he will be the choice of the majority of Livingstone-Macleod voters on May 5.
“I’m a dedicated, loyal guy who’s got a lot of integrity,” Stier said, laughing as he referred to himself as a country. “I’ve stood behind my principles and beliefs throughout some of the most dramatic things that have ever happened in politics. People are recognizing that.”