Mr. Speaker, I was quite surprised to hear that the General Jean V. Allard Memorial Library at the Saint-Jean Garrison in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu would be closing its doors on December 15.
The Conservative Government that boasted about revitalizing the Royal Military College Saint-Jean does not have much to boast about anymore.
It has decided to close a library, a jewel with 85,000 volumes serving 3,000 students, while the Minister of National Defence has decided to invest $16 billion in F-35s.
With this government, it is not surprising to hear a public affairs officer at the garrison describe a library as something useless.
What about the Official Languages Act? Did the minister shelve it at the library?
It is unacceptable that linguistic works will no longer be accessible to soldiers who are not taking language training.
I am therefore calling on the government to reverse the decision to close the General Jean V. Allard Memorial Library.