Lauzon hosts Christmas open house

At MP Guy Lauzon's office Dec. 9 (from left) Constituency Assistant Sue Dingwall, Cornwall Mayor Leslie O'Shaughnessy, Constituency Assistant Francine Lafave, Chief of Staff Adrian Bugelli, three singing volunteers, along with Frances and Guy Lauzon, and Constituency Assistants Denise Jalbert and Nicole Lefebvre. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Nelson Zandbergen
Nation Valley News

CORNWALL — MP Guy Lauzon has been the member for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry for a dozen years now, but that hasn’t stopped him from ushering in a new Yuletide tradition at his constituency office.

The Conservative MP and his staff members observed their second annual Christmas open house event last Friday morning, Dec. 9, at the Pitt Street storefront.  Visitors dropped in to enjoy coffee, pastries and some musical season’s greetings sung by jolly volunteers.

Hosting the community is nothing new to Guy Lauzon and his wife, Frances, who have have put on an annual summer barbecue at their St. Andrews West home since he was first elected to the federal parliament in 2004. The Christmas encore at his Cornwall office is a lower-key affair, allowing the MP to showcase the expanded and renovated area at the rear of the building.

Lauzon says the space is well used at tax time, when his team assists thousands of people with completing their income tax forms — a duty they picked up two years ago after the Salvation Army bowed out of that service. Five thousand people were helped this year alone, he says.

While Lauzon’s team has become well known for conducting regular passport clinics, the recent extension of similar organized help to tax filers sets the MP apart, according to his Chief of Staff. Only a small minority of MPs offer a similar service, says Adrian Bugelli.

Below, Frances Lauzon (right) and three assistants sing at MP Guy Lauzon’s Christmas open house in Cornwall.