Simon Guindon is a newcomer to municipal politics but he would like to work towards positive change if he is elected to Hawkesbury municipal council in October.
« You can feel a division among the councillors, » said Guindon, during a phone interview August 29. « I want to be part of a positive way forward, instead of the division we have now. »
Guindon, 40, is a professional plumber, 18 years in his trade, who has decided it is time for him to become more active in helping develop the future of his hometown.
« I want to be able to contribute to my municipality and to help out, » he said, noting that Hawkesbury’s location along the Ottawa River could become a big part of its tourism trade.
« We live beside a very nice river, » he said, adding that the municipality could work on supporting and attracting more events and businesses that cater to marine tourism.
The current lack of affordable housing in the area is also a concern to him. It’s one factor, he indicated, why many young people move away from Hawkesbury to other places to work and where they can find either a home they can afford to buy or an apartment they can afford to rent.
« We need to make sure that we’re growing, » he said.
Guindon also wants council to give more priority to keeping the strategic management plan for the municipality up to date. He emphasized that the plan is critical to ensuring continued growth for the municipality.
He would also like more opportunities for public input on municipal affairs and issues through the use of citizens advisory committees. Guindon also would like to see more students at local schools involved in municipal issues, either through direct representation to council or through advisory committees.