Just before this committee adjourned on the 22nd instant the minister said that he would'answer the questions which had been asked by the hon. member for York West with reference to the Royal Canadian Naval College. Before he answers those questions I should like to say a word regarding the college, which is located at Royal Roads on Vancouver island. I do not believe it would be possible to find a better situation for that college. It has delightful surroundings and is situated on the strait of San Juan, where there are various types of water and where one can very easily pass out from the strait into the Pacific ocean. Near at hand there is a lagoon on which elementary training can be done. I was pleased that the minister was able to say that the college would continue at Royal Roads.
Other questions referred to the extension of that college and1 to whether there would be any change in policy. At the present time the college takes in approximately one hundred cadets, some thirty of whom are permitted to go into the Royal Canadian Navy each year, the rest going into the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve. While the college education deals partly with the training of a naval officer in the particular subjects required of him in the navy, it also gives him a basic education on broad general lines as well as on scientific lines. It provides a good education for the cadet whether upon graduation he goes into the Royal Canadian Navy or into the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve or into civil life, because the curriculum includes such subjects as English, French, history, mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, in addition to the more particularly naval subjects such as seamanship, navigation, gunnery and torpedo work. Thus they get a sound theoretical and practical knowledge, and that course as it has been to date has fitted the boy for whatever career he may desire to take up upon leaving the college. To those cadets who do not go into the Royal Canadian Navy upon graduation a certificate is issued which is recognized by a great many Canadian universities, and cadets who hold that certificate of graduation are permitted certain academic credits when entering a Canadian university.
I was hoping that there was no intention to change the policy so as to restrict this broad outlook which the graduates have been given
in the past, because I believe that their outlook should be at least as broad as that of the boy entering a university from the ordinary college and that the cadets' general cultural background should be at least as good as that of his contemporaries in the university to which he goes.
The Royal Canadian Naval College is administered by a board of governors but partly owing to war conditions, I suppose, the board has seldom been able to call to its meetings the commandant of the college or his chief instructor. I would rather like to compare that situation with the condition which existed at the Royal Military College at Kingston, where there is an advisory board composed not only of soldiers but also of educationalists representing either the universities or the educational authorities in the various provinces. Has the minister any plans for bringing closer together the instruction which is given in educational establishments other than that of the Royal Canadian Naval College, with the Royal Naval College itself? I hope that we are not going to have too much professional control of that college.
Since applications for entry to the college have to be in the hands of the naval secretary early in the year, I think of parents who are considering sending their boys to this college, and are anxious to know whether there will be any change in the policy, and also whether there will be any increase in the number of cadets to be taken into Royal Roads during the coming year. With the expansion of the navy .over the pre-war navy, one might hope that the opportunity will be given to more boys to attend what I believe is an educational establishment of which this country may well be proud.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE FOR NAVAL SERVICES