Conservative MP and Head of Caucus Guy Lauzon Holds Passport Clinic – Public Gouged with $20 Passport Photo Fee – Cornwall Ontario – March 27, 2010

Conservative MP and Head of Caucus Guy Lauzon Holds Passport Clinic – Public Gouged with $20 Passport Photo Fee – Cornwall Ontario – March 27, 2010

Cornwall ON –  Our MP Guy Lauzon is having another one of his passport clinics Saturday March 27 at CCVS.   We have confirmed that the photo fee is $20.

So the bottom line question is why is our MP allowing his constituents to be bilked and gouged for a passport photo?  Several local and regional services offer Passport photos for less than $10.

We queried several professional photographers in the area that categorically stated the public was getting gouged and that they be happy to charge $10 per photo for such an event when you can do 200+ in a single day even with the cost of renting mobile equipment to shoot on location.

Does it seem reasonable for a MP to be associating himself with an event that gouges the public?  An event that some people may attend as it’s advertised with his mug in the ad as it is in this week’s issue of the Adam Brazeauless Le Journal?

What do you think Cornwall?  Feel free to post your comments below.

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28 Comments on "Conservative MP and Head of Caucus Guy Lauzon Holds Passport Clinic – Public Gouged with $20 Passport Photo Fee – Cornwall Ontario – March 27, 2010"

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grimalot
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Can the public bring their own photo? Or are they forced to be gouged?

Dave
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#1 You can bring your own photo, been there done that , but it has to be done right, no glasses, no smile, no forehead glare, no shine on the chin etc. #2 The photographer is a pro and $20 may not be cheap but it is not GOUGING. #3 This blog is always looking for ways to throw stones at Lauzon. These clinics are a good thing, a service to our community. I may not always agree with Lauzon’s Party but to date I think he is doing a good job. Maybe I’m just star struck, we are not… Read more »
Eric
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On google, I found a May 2009 memo from Guy’s office that stated he and his staff do these clinics as volunteers without pay. At that time it was the 30th one. This looks like a good service and people have a choice not to go, but maybe Mr Lauzon’s office can respond to the 20 dollar photo charge……

Marc Pilote
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Just a comment to Dave from a person who covered the events when they happened and has no political affiliation and hasn’t voted in the last three elections. The RCMP building and the call center were both announced when Bob Kilger was our MP before Guy Lauzon. As for the new arena, that was a city council initiative and part of the stimulus package. Lauzon had no choice but to back it since there were precious few stimulus packages coming to the riding. Mr. Lauzon has proven to be good at taking credit for other people’s work (and so are… Read more »
s'mee
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. The gouging is not by Guy but the photographer, and is not gouging. It costs money to do the work and all the supplies needed. Bringing your own photo is not a good idea either. There is certain criterion that must be met. It is your choice to get the passport; if you can afford to travel then $20 shouldn’t be that hard to cough up. As for Guy Lauzon, *l* that man is quite the enigma. Can anyone find a clear definition of his role in government? Can just one person tell us what he did for Cornwall… Read more »
grimalot
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You would figure it would be in Guy’s best interest to tender out the photo contract and obtain the best price possible for his constituents. If a photographer is willing to do it for 10 bucks, thats half the cost of what is being paid now. If there were say, 200 pictures done in a day, thats a difference in savings of 2000 bucks. You should provide that list of local photographers to Guy.

PJ Robertson
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grimalot & admin: definition of conservative: stuck in the mud, impervious to change

s'mee
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I have had a few discussions with Lauzon regarding economic development and business plans for the area. To be honest he has no clue how to answer or any concept of growth. His best answer was “I believe there is a retired entertainer looking at that”. * This is a win win business which is growing in other countries but this man has no clue. He should be referred to as puppet. He like Kilger and Brownel needs to grow a pair What the hec is a head of Caucus anyway? In Guy’s defense I have had the same discussion… Read more »
grimalot
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That won’t be a vote from me.

PJ Robertson
Member

I did say “conservative”, admin. Not “a conservative”. Now progressive conservatives, I grant you, can be enlightened, relatively speaking. Poor dear Mr Lauzon, however, is the clapmeister (aka cheerleader) of their regressive cousins.

Jerry
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Way to go PJR. Regressive Conservatives it is.

Mister Anon
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“In this case I believe Dave is an actual politician, but won’t out him any further.”
So you will out people to a certain extent without their permission? What editors’ handbook did you read?

grimalot
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If I had any issues that Jamie would actually out anyone (except to the proper authorities if subpoenaed), I would not be posting here. But Jamie, in the interests of preserving your loyal readers, I would calm any current or future rhetoric about outing anyone. This is a few times now that this conversation has come up on your site. Some anonymous posters do not like any semblance of being outed.

grimalot
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Granted, a very noble policy to have. But randomly threatening to out someone you will find will reduce your subscriber loyalty very fast. You have the option of allowing or not allowing a comment. Therefore that is already method enough to keep comments within the guidelines you seek for this site. If someone should own up to a comment, then you don’t allow the comment if it breaks those rules and they rewrite it accordingly. Plain and simple.

Jacqueline Milner
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If people do not want to pay $20.00 for the passport photograph with this photographer then they have the right to go some place else. Also just because this photographer is charging $20.00 doesn’t mean he/she is gouging anyone. They have based their pricing on their costs, experience and overhead. People know upfront the cost so they can use it or go someplace else. I do not see any dishonesty here. BTW…applications will be returned if the images are not taken with the very specific guidelines dictated by government so when choosing a photographer ask about their return rate. If… Read more »
Dan Morency
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My name is Dan Morency and I’ve been a professional photographer for 27 years and I’ve owned Roy Studio for 23 years. During the last 4 years, I’ve done about 20-25 of the passport clinics with Mr. Lauzon. The reason he asked me to do the clinics is that 99.9% of my passport photos are accepted and he doesn’t want to bring so called professional photographers who’s photos will get rejected. Do you think the public would be happy to attend the passport clinics and a few weeks later get a letter stating that their photos are rejected? I can… Read more »
Stan
Member

Editor please note, it would seem there’s no gouging going on at Guy Lauzon’s passport clinics.

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