le Vendredi 9 Décembre 2022
le Mercredi 7 septembre 2022 19:42 Tribune-Express (Hawkesbury)

Former police officer in the Champlain Township election race

Paul Burroughs, a police officer with the OPP in Hawkesbury for 30 years, is running for vouncil in the Township of Champlain in the Longueuil Ward. — supplied photo
Paul Burroughs, a police officer with the OPP in Hawkesbury for 30 years, is running for vouncil in the Township of Champlain in the Longueuil Ward.
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Paul Burroughs, an OPP officer in Hawkesbury for 30 years, is running for Township of Champlain council in Longueuil.

Burroughs retired from the OPP in 2013 before becoming a criminal record examiner in Ottawa for six years.

He says he always wanted to run for council but never got the chance. « That’s always been a goal I’ve had, » says Burroughs. My father was on Longueuil council in the 1960s and early 1970s. I had an uncle who served on council and cousins in L’Orignal. In the 1990s, police officers had the opportunity to sit on council as councillors, but that was too much of a conflict of interest, it was not the right time. »

Burroughs has a goal of controlling expenses for the municipality, especially with regard to the L’Orignal yard. Inflation is at 8%, everything has gone up for everyone, » said Burroughs. “If we can try to maintain or reduce by looking at other options, I think that’s something to look at. »

He also hopes to promote economic development in Champlain while maintaining the rural aspect of the Longueuil neighborhood. For economic development, I am always in favor of an infrastructure that is very strong, but that the economic development is respectful of the environment we have. » said Burroughs. “The rural sector should remain as much as possible within the standards to keep it rural. Let’s keep our green spaces.

Burroughs is also concerned about the possibility of the Colacem cement plant being built a few miles from his home. « The only thing we can do is try to control it with the Ministry of the Environment. We need the Ministry of the Environment to do its job.

He thinks the municipalities that are part of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell should have more control over their own destinies. « I would push for our mayor, when he goes to United Counties meetings, to ask that municipalities be allowed to have some veto power over what industries can build in their area.”