TBL Council adopted a resolution to table a private member’s bill in Quebec’s National Assembly for the town to be serviced by Bromont Police rather than the SQ. The resolution was adopted by the mayor and three councillors at a special public session of Council held on January 24, 2019.
The private member’s Bill will be tabled by Orford riding MNA Gilles Bélanger this coming fall. As a cabinet minister, Isabelle Charest, Brome-Missisquoi’s MNA cannot table a private member’s bill in the house.
In essence, the private bill asks the Assembly to make Town of Brome Lake an exception to the Police Act that forces smaller municipalities – less than 50,000 inhabitants – to resort to the Sûreté du Québec.
According to Mayor Richard Burcombe, himself a former member of the SQ, the town’s request is proof that two municipalities, TBL and Bromont, can work together to achieve better services at lower costs.
Although “This is far from a done deal’’ said Burcombe, he expressed hope that a new TBL / Bromont police force could be patrolling our streets within six to nine months.