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Pat Stier | Wildrose (Incumbent)
Pat Stier was elected to serve as Livingstone-Macleod’s MLA in 2012. Stier has served as the official opposition’s critic in areas of municipal affairs, transportation, infrastructure and sustainable resource development.
Stier has lived in the Alberta Foothills region his entire life, attending school in Okotoks. His family ranch raised Angus cattle, Arabian horses and various crops near De Winton. Previously, Stier has worked in the oil and gas industry in Calgary focusing in the seismic data sector. He serves as president of River Canyon Enterprises Inc., a rural land planing consulting company.
Stier previously served as a councillor with the Municipal District of Foothills and as the president of the Dunbow Road Area Residents Association from 1988 to 1999. Stier became the first non-PC candidate to be elected in the riding.
Evan Berger | Progressive Conservative
Former Livingstone-Macleod MLA Evan Berger is vying for another shot at leading the constituency under the Progressive Conservative flag. Berger was unseated by the current incumbent Pat Stier in the 2012 provincial election. Berger says he has been urged by many “conversations, calls, notes and messages of support” to run again.
Born in High River, Berger was raised on a mixed farm southwest of Nanton. Berger served as a councillor for the MD of Willow Creek in 1992, and was elected Reeve in 1998. He served as the reeve for Willow Creek until 2008 when he was elected as MLA for Livingstone-Macleod.
Berger formerly served as a parliamentary assistant to the minister of sustainable resource development and later as the minister of agriculture within the provincial government (2011-2012).
Aileen Burke | NDP
Aileen Burke graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a BA in political science in 2013. A self-proclaimed political junkie and social activist, Burke has been heavily involved in the southern Alberta political scene since finishing school.
She has sat on the Lethbridge-East provincial electoral district association as chief financial officer for two and a half years, and on the Lethbridge NDP federal executive as their youth rep and member at large for three years. Burke has also served as a treasurer for the New Democratic Youth of Albera (NDYA) and the female co-chair of the NDYA.
Burke has run previously as the NDP’s representative in the riding of Macleod’s 2014 federal byelection. Burke works as a territory manager for Shoppers Home Health Care and is an active volunteer working with many groups in her community.
The Key Issues here
• Stewardship of environment and resources
• Wind energy
• Sustainable quality rural health care
• Education and safe communities
• Affordable seniors’ housing
• Small-business development
• Productive agricultural industry
• Recreation and tourism
The Party Leaders
Jim Prentice, Progressive Conservative
Brian Jean, Wildrose
Rachel Notley, NDP
The Livingstone-Macleod provincial electoral district was formed in 1997 during a boundary redistribution. The former Pincher Creek-Macleod district, created when the Crowsnest-Pincher Creek and Macleod districts merged, changed its name with minimal boundary adjustments.
The district is one of 87 current districts within the province of Alberta, and contains Pincher Creek, Nanton, Claresholm, Fort Macleod, Crowsnest Pass and other southwestern Alberta communities.
Historically, the Livingstone-Macleod district has voted for progress conservative candidates. Pat Stier’s election in 2012 marked the first even non-PC candidate to represent the riding since its conception. In 2010, the riding underwent further boundary redistributions when the Blood reserve was transferred to the electoral district of Cardston-Taber-Warner. Livingstone-Macleod’s district gained land south of High River and a portion of land from the abolished Foothills-Rockyview electoral district south of the Tsuu T’ina Nation.
David Coutts, a Progressive Conservative, won the first ever contested Livingstone-Macleod election in 1997. He served as the MLA for the district until 2008, when he was succeeded by current candidate Evan Berger. Berger held office until 2012 when Pat Stier and the Wildrose party took power. Other political groups to have campaigned in the riding include the NDP, Liberal, Alberta First, Social Credit, Separation, Greens, Alberta Alliance and Evergreen.