Wildrose MLA Pat Stier looks to reassure constituents after this week's defection

A Wildrose MLA says he has been getting a lot of concerned calls from constituents following this week's defection of nine party members.  

CBC News was told by two party sources earlier Tuesday that Pat Stier, who represents Livingstone-MacLeod, was among the group crossing. However, Stier posted a statement late Tuesday evening on his website saying that he is staying with the Wildrose. 

He says his office phone has been ringing off the hook since from people who believe he left the party.

He said many also voiced concerns about the lack of consultation the MLAs had with their constituents before a decision was made.

"Albertans follow a recognized and fair democratic process for elections in good faith and they expect their elected officials to follow that decision," said Stier.

"When a time for change becomes necessary for elected officials, in my opinion they should then follow a procedure that includes their electorate in the new process, prior to making such a change."

Stier says he can't support it, but wishes his "colleagues every success in their new venture."

Wildrose MLA Pat Stier looks to reassure constituents after this week's defection