Wildrose MLA for the Constituency of
|Politics - A Noble Service|
Politics – A Noble Service
Dear Constituents of Livingstone Macleod,
Since December 18, 2014 many people in Alberta and beyond have reached out to me in the past 15 days regarding the decision I had made, where I had refused to join the 9 other Wildrose MLAs in the recent floor crossing to join the Progressive Conservative caucus. This has inspired to me to write today to perhaps provide clarity to the decision, describe my principles and beliefs and to thank everyone who have been so kind with their comments and support.
As I had said in my press release, when an election is called Albertans expect and should be able to participate in a well managed, fair and fully democratic election system and I believe there is a clear commitment made to voters and to the communities when one gets elected. It is a contract - no different than any other contact where an agreement has been reached between parties that involves an obligation to provide a service in exchange for personal, shared beliefs and in some cases financial support.
Similarly during a term of office, if or when a change in Party allegiance is apparently required, a fair and fully transparent and open system should be available to the public (the electorate), to fairly determine how the elected representative should move forward at that time.
I have been humbled with all of the wonderful compliments I have received from people from my own riding, across Alberta, other provinces and members from other political affiliations, who see this recent chain of events as a threat to democracy and what our forefathers had set in place decades ago for a fair and open political system.
Pat Stier, MLA of Livingstone Macleod