2018 will be a big year for the UCP and Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier.

With an election about a year and a half away they'll have to start gearing up the machine to try and regain power.

But he says in the meantime, we'll have to put up with Premier Rachel Notley and the NDP, and a New Year's day present of a hike to the carbon tax.

"Well, I'm not looking forward to that, and I don't think anyone else is either and small business and all that is something I'm going to be monitoring in our communities because that's how these small town's survive. Hopefully everyone can figure out some way to adapt. Hopefully we can slow this government down on these changes."

Stier says one issue he'll be working on this year is trying to improve EMS response times in rural areas.


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