Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Return of CMR

Who would have thunk it. It would appear the government is bringing back the old College Militaire Royale (CMR) in St. Jean, Quebec, after it and Royal Roads Military College (RRMC) in Victoria, B.C. were closed in 1995 due to federal budget constraints. Only the storied Royal Military College (RMC) survived the cuts of the 1990s, and in fact grew from 700 gentlemen cadets back then, to something closer to double that today.

Gee, I wonder if this has anything to do with (ahem) playing Quebec politics. They're not talking about resurrecting Royal Roads now are they (admittedly that would require some form of cohabitation with civilian university students attending Royal Roads University), which would at least provide for some geographical separation in a pristine piece of sanctuary. No, we need another tri-service military college in an ugly area just two hours up the friggin road from the current one, with all of its costly re-duplication of everything. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. Welcome back, CMR.


Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...

New gang becoming remarkably like the old gang.


4:09 p.m., July 19, 2007  
Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...

Babbling: I'm not sure how much duplication as it will just be a CEGEP:

"Intended as a diploma granting institution, the two-year College of General and Professional Education Program (CÉGEP), at Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean will see the first students entering the program in the fall of 2007 academic year. Once fully implemented the new program will accommodate approximately 200 students. Over the next 20 years DND will spend up to $200 million in additional funds for this institution."


4:13 p.m., July 19, 2007  
Blogger The Monarchist said...

I think the pressure from Quebec will inevitably make it into a full-fledged military college in due course. Denis Coderre - my least favourite MP - is already complaining that this too tiny a step for Quebec aspirations.

5:41 p.m., July 19, 2007  
Blogger Dwayne said...

I wonder what will happen to the Leadership Academy courses that are run on the Campus now? I took my ILQ there in 2004, they are running the ALQ and I am sure the Middle Management Course was there. Also the Air Force is using it for OPME courses too. At the very least, it may get more crowded.

11:55 p.m., July 19, 2007  
Blogger Babbling Brooks said...

Too bad they'll never be able to reclaim Hatley Castle; the stories from CMR were never as good as those from RRMC.

Anyone else remember a breach charge that ran like this?

"In that he did kill a wounded peacock, and cook it, and eat it..."

9:10 a.m., July 20, 2007  
Blogger Chris & Sarah said...

In light of todays announcement about the rapid response force being set up in Baggotville, I think this is clearly a case of pandering to Quebec.

And when you look at the lack of support for the Af'stan mission specifically in Quebec, aren't they just adding grist to the mill for the vocal anti-cause.

Really, can't we have a government that sits down and commits military dollars where it is most needed, and most effective for the military, rather than what is perceived to be the most effective politically?

3:32 p.m., July 20, 2007  

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