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Flashback | Rétrospective

With the recent reopening of CMR, readers may find the following book of interest. “Pourquoi a-t-on fermé le Collège
militaire de Saint-Jean?” Montreal, Art Global, 2005 by Jacques Castonguay”Pourquoi a-t-on fermé le Collège militaire de Saint-Jean?” [Why did they close the Collège militaire de Saint-Jean?] by former CMR rector, H15198 Doctor Jacques Castonguay (CMR 1987) investigates why the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR) was closed, who was responsible for the closure. The reason given for the closure at the time was to save the federal government money.

Pourquoi s’en prendre à une institution remarquable qui contribuait à établir une représentation équitable des francophones à tous les niveaux de la hiérarchie des Forces armées canadiennes? Ancien recteur de CMR, Jacques Castonguay dévoile dans “Pourquoi a-t-on fermé le Collège militaire de Saint-Jean?” la face cachée de cette décision gouvernementale qualifiée par la presse de scandale, de catastrophe, de gaffe et de honte nationale.

Background:

The closure of the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean was announced on 22 February 1994, and its activities were scheduled for termination on 31 August 1995.

CMR, immediately prior to its closure, awarded bachelor’s degrees in science, physical science, general science and space science. It comprised the four departments that made up the faculty of administration sciences and the humanities: literary studies, management, strategic studies and social sciences. The College had become a full, independent university in 1988, qualified to award its own degrees.

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