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PCs plow through 8% pay raise « Wildrose - Danielle Smith

PCs plow through 8% pay raise « Wildrose - Danielle Smith | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

 Today, PC MLAs on the Legislature’s Members’ Services Committee voted all MLAs an 8% pay increase, failing to put the interests of hardworking Alberta taxpayers first. 

At the PC-dominated committee meeting, PC members (Steve Young, David Dorward, Mary Anne Jablonski, Pearl Calahasen, David Quest and Hector Goudreau) rescinded the motion passed at a previous meeting and replaced the $11,485 RRSP contribution with a 13% of base pay allowance ($17,420) and an employer matching contribution to RRSPs of 3.65% ($4,891), for a total of $22,331 – essentially increasing MLA pay by $11,000. 

Both Wildrose members of the committee, Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith and MLA Heather Forsyth, voted against the motion.

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Wildrose Opens 47 Nominations

Wildrose Opens 47 Nominations | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

Wildrose is pleased to announce that nominations are now officially open in all remaining constituencies.

 
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Residents critical during AltaLink sessions

Residents critical during AltaLink sessions | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it
Stier attended the open house sessions in Cowley and Lundbreck.

“I think everybody here is very concerned about the amount of wind energy and the industrialization of this corridor is starting to become a more heard issue in my office,” the MLA said. “As AltaLink and the AESO decide how they’re going to continue to power up this area one has to wonder I think - and most of the people are saying this - just when is enough enough?”
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Surplus … really › The Lethbridge Herald – myLH.ca

Surplus … really › The Lethbridge Herald – myLH.ca | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it
For the region’s sole remaining Wildrose MLA, however, the financial report was another example of the long-ruling Conservatives “juggling the numbers.” Pat Stier, MLA for Livingstone-Macleod, said Campbell’s report is based on the same “fudge-it budget” system rejected last year by the province’s auditor general.
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Stier, responding to Campbell’s surprise announcement, said the Conservatives’ budget numbers can’t be trusted because they’re still using the reporting system introduced during former premier Alison Redford’s tenure. No other province frames its financial picture that way, he pointed out.

“But the government stillhas a spending problem,” regardless of how it’s reported.

“I don’t know how anyone can trust anything they say.”

The Conservative government is still taxing Albertans so it can assist the province’s large corporations, Stier said.

But at the same time, he said, the premier’s “doom and gloom” speeches are throwing a chill into the rest of the economy.

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Crowsnest Pass Voice: MLA Pat Stier visits Crowsnest Pass Council

Crowsnest Pass Voice: MLA Pat Stier visits Crowsnest Pass Council | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier has made an appearance before Crowsnest Pass Council.  He wanted to hear council's major issues.  Mr. Stier is now Transportation, Sustainable Resource Development, and Infrastructure and Municipal Affairs critic for the Wildrose party. 

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Review of infrastructure assets should include selling off MLA offices: Wildrose

Review of infrastructure assets should include selling off MLA offices: Wildrose | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

“This PC government is clearly showing their priorities by putting the comforts of MLAs and bureaucrats ahead of hospital repairs and school classrooms,” Wildrose Infrastructure Critic Pat Stier said. “This project has been a disaster from the start with constant delays and going $100 million over budget.  With the value of the land, and the cost of the renovations, the government should be able to earn back solid returns, with the added benefit of closing the gap on this year’s deficit.”

 
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The Pincher Creek Voice: Politics – a noble service

The Pincher Creek Voice: Politics – a noble service | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

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.

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Wildrose Party MLAs’ defection shocked Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier | Fort Macleod Gazette

Wildrose Party MLAs’ defection shocked Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier | Fort Macleod Gazette | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it
Pat Stier was blindsided by the defection of two Wildrose Party MLAs to the governing party. Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Kerry...Continue Reading
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De-politicize hospital infrastructure, publish a public priority list

De-politicize hospital infrastructure, publish a public priority list | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said in order to put an end to the crumbling state of our hospitals, it’s crucial the government immediately releases a public prioritized infrastructure list.

“The only way to stop any government from politicizing infrastructure spending is to outline the priority of all requested capital projects across the province and release the full list to the public,” Smith said. “It will provide cost savings and is the first step in addressing the growing crisis facing our hospitals from across the province.”

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Eliminate or amend the real problem - Bill 36: Barnes

Eliminate or amend the real problem - Bill 36: Barnes | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

“Being able to access the courts and receive due process is a basic freedom in our province and country, but Bill 36 consistently denies these rights to Alberta landowners who find themselves in conflict with the PC government on property issues,” Barnes said. “Repealing these problematic sections in Bill 36 is a no brainer given the stories and feedback we’ve all received from landowner groups, but the Minister is clearly not listening.”

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Wildrose calls for Bill 9 to be deferred to improve protections for condo owners

Wildrose calls for Bill 9 to be deferred to improve protections for condo owners | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

“Bill 9, as it stands today, fails to guarantee the rock-solid protections many condo owners across the province were hoping to see written into law,” Rowe said.  “Albertans deserve to feel secure in the investments in their homes, while being governed by sound regulations to ensure the accountability and profitability of industry.”


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AHS senior executives: nothing has changed

AHS senior executives: nothing has changed | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

“It seems that management has spent more time dreaming up new job titles than actually fixing the problems,” Forsyth said. “While there continue to be cuts of vital front-line services, executives at AHS are getting away with outrageous salaries, benefits and perks.  Albertans believe we deserve so much better from our health care system.”


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Fildebrandt: It’s time for Prentice to fix the budget math

Fildebrandt: It’s time for Prentice to fix the budget math | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it
The PC government’s last two budgets have obscured some basic facts that Albertans used to take for granted, like: what the real deficit is and h
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Time to spend health care dollars better: Forsyth

Time to spend health care dollars better: Forsyth | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

The latest health care spending figures from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) suggests the PC government is investing in the wrong places and needs to adjust how health care dollars are spent, Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth said today.

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Report released and reaction to RCMP gun seizures during flood | News Talk 770 (CHQR)

Report released and reaction to RCMP gun seizures during flood | News Talk 770 (CHQR) | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it
The Wildrose Party says today’s report confirms the violation of individual property rights by RCMP at some homes in High River.   Municipal Affairs Critic Pat Stier calls it an abuse of the public’s trust. Stier says the RCMP must immediately implement the report’s recommendations.

The opposition party adds the findings show a vacuum of leadership among provincial authorities in providing guidelines under the Alberta Emergency Management Act.  Stier says it unacceptable that neither the RCMP nor government officials were willing to show accountability for mistakes made during the crisis.
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Promised Calgary cancer centre under review as costs increase, says premier

Promised Calgary cancer centre under review as costs increase, says premier | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it
Wildrose MLA Pat Stier said Prentice is floating trial balloons around the project to see how the public will react.

“Let’s move on with it. Let’s get the thing done because there are people suffering from cancer and we need to have this clinic as soon as possible,” Stier said.
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Wildrose Sets Date For New Leader - Local News - Okotoksonline.com

Wildrose Sets Date For New Leader - Local News - Okotoksonline.com | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it
Member's can begin to vote by phone on March 16th with the winner being announced in Calgary on March 28th.

If you plan to vote, you'll have to join the party, but you must do so by March 15th at the latest to be eligible to vote
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MLA Pat Stier busy with new roles with Wildrose Opposition - Crowsnest Pass Herald - Ezra Black

MLA Pat Stier busy with new roles with Wildrose Opposition - Crowsnest Pass Herald - Ezra Black | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it
Crowsnest Pass News and information from the locally owned newspaper the Crowsnest Pass Herald - Since 1930
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Opinion: Strive to help, not stigmatize, after suicide

Opinion: Strive to help, not stigmatize, after suicide | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it
We shout it together: My son’s life mattered. Our children’s lives matter.

This is not the time to be talking about cutbacks to health care and mental health resources; this is the time to yelling at the top of our lungs for help for our children.

So if it seems as though I am channelling the profound grief at my son’s loss into a rage against the corporate medical monstrosity that keeps those in need from getting the medical attention and treatment they so desperately require, I am. And I won’t be stopping any time soon.

So, Government of Alberta, this grieving mother is coming for you and your impending cuts to health care. And I’m coming with an army of moms and dads behind.
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The Pincher Creek Voice: MLA Pat Stier is Wildrose all the way

The Pincher Creek Voice: MLA Pat Stier is Wildrose all the way | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

"I think that the MLAs involved in the last little episode have made an honest mistake. I think that if they decided that they were unhappy, they should have considered talking to us first, to their constituents, their members."

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Second quarter update paints troubling fiscal picture: Anderson

Second quarter update paints troubling fiscal picture: Anderson | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

“We can no longer run our province based on what OPEC is doing in the Middle East. It’s upsetting and disturbing,” Anderson said. “We need to recalibrate our budget so we’re no longer hoping for oil to be at $110 just to pay our bills. If we don’t, we leave the future of our province at risk by crushing future generations with debt and finance charges.”


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Wildrose amendments offer extra protection for LGBTQ students, balance local autonomy

Wildrose amendments offer extra protection for LGBTQ students, balance local autonomy | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

“Bill 10 in its current form offers little to no protection for LGBTQ students. It must be strengthened,” Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said. “Our amendments wouldn’t allow schools or school boards to simply say ‘no’ and walk away. They will have to provide support to whoever requests it.”

Smith also said it’s completely unreasonable to expect students to mount legal appeals.

“Students are in no position to be hiring lawyers and challenging these decisions in court,” she said. “If our amendments are accepted, students will have an accessible appeal process readily available to them that will settle these matters.”

“Taken together, I believe these amendments find the right balance between the rights of LGTBQ students and the autonomy of locally elected school boards.”

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Inmate art just the latest exhibit of misguided PC priorities: Saskiw

Inmate art just the latest exhibit of misguided PC priorities: Saskiw | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

“We’ve seen cuts to electronic monitoring of high risk criminals, a complete vacuum of leadership on legal aid, and funding denied to victims of sexual abuse, but they still have the time and cash to run art exhibits for convicted criminals,” Saskiw said. “It’s unbelievable that the Minister of Justice would prioritize these cozy programs for inmates ahead of some of the most vulnerable people in our province.”

 
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Smith statement on the end of fall session

Smith statement on the end of fall session | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

“Our province’s finances are in need of immediate course correction. For years, the Wildrose has laid out positive and constructive ideas for scrapping the layers of wasteful spending across government without hurting core front-line services. We encourage Mr. Prentice and his government to immediately implement these proposals.

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Politicization of infrastructure hurting Alberta: Wildrose

Politicization of infrastructure hurting Alberta: Wildrose | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

Wildrose Infrastructure Critic Pat Stier said from sewage backups at the Wainwright Health Centre, to mould in the kitchen at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary and flooding at the Misericordia hospitals, the government’s failure to prioritize is having a direct impact on Albertans.  

“Alberta spends more per capita than any other province, but our results don’t show it,” Stier said.  “Years of inaction have led to the current challenges facing infrastructure in our province.  Albertans believe it’s time to put forward new, positive ideas to fix these problems instead of maintaining the status quo.”

 
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“Alberta spends more per capita than any other province, but our results don’t show it,” Stier said.  “Years of inaction have led to the current challenges facing infrastructure in our province.  Albertans believe it’s time to put forward new, positive ideas to fix these problems instead of maintaining the status quo.”

 
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Wildrose motion would be first step in entrenching Alberta landowner rights in Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Wildrose motion would be first step in entrenching Alberta landowner rights in Charter of Rights and Freedoms | Wildrose MLA Pat Stier | Scoop.it

Today, the Wildrose was joined by federal Conservative Lethbridge MP Jim Hillyer to announce a new legislative motion that will be the first step in entrenching Alberta landowner rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Motion 501, to be introduced by Wildrose Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Rod Fox, supports a new amendment to the constitution guaranteeing the protection of real property, and all rights connected to that property, for all Albertans

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“Landowners are the best stewards of our beautiful landscapes and they deserve to have their rights fully protected so they can manage their property with minimal interference from government,” Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said.  “This kind of positive constitutional change is possible and critical for advancing property rights in Alberta. I hope that after Mr. Prentice’s campaign commitments this past summer, both he and his government will fully support this motion.”

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