Mulcair Gets a Close Look at Cadet Training

CPO2 Phillip Manseau , Coxswain of Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Tiger led the opening ceremony with the traditional raising of the flag, known in the Navy as “Colours.” As the joint band played the national anthem, the Member of Parliament forOutremontcould be heard adding his voice to the song.


“It brought a tear to my eye hearing all of you singing ‘O’Canada’ tonight.” Mulcair told the young men and women standing before him. He then turned to the parents standing quietly by the entranceway, and thanked them for coming out to support their cadets as they strive to become active citizens.


Following Colours, Mr. Mulcair, accompanied by local MP Charlie Angus, was escorted from company to company, to inspect the Sea, Army, Air and Navy League Cadets whom had assembled from acrossTimminsandIroquoisFalls.


Once the ceremonial aspect was complete, the cadets provided a series of displays and demonstrations in order to show the MPs some of their favourite training. Displays covered Drill with Arms, Marching Bands, Bush Craft, Biathlon, Marksmanship, and Rigging and Seamanship. Mr. Mulcair even had the chance to fly an airplane, if only on the local squadron’s flight simulator.


As Mulcair addressed the young men and women before him, he exclaimed, “This is certainly one of the most pleasant experiences I have had since becoming the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition!”


During the course of the evening, a special presentation was made to 2Lt Marie-Anne Irvine of 792 Major W. McCarthy Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron inIroquoisFalls. Mr. Mulcair presented her with a Commissioning Scroll, signed by the Governor General recognizing her status as an officer of the Queen, serving in the Canadian Forces.


Irvineis part of a unique branch of the CF dedicated to the training and administration of the Canadian Cadet Organizations.


The MPs’ visit falls into the citizenship portion of cadet training. Though the Cadet Organizations are strictly apolitical, cadets are encouraged to become aware of how the different levels of government function, and to become engaged young citizens.


The 3 senior groups are open to all youth between the ages of 12 and 18. The Navy League Cadet program is not associated with the Department of National Defence, and caters to the 9 to 12 age bracket. There is no cost to join any these groups, and uniforms are provided.


Air, Army, Sea and Navy League Cadets parade on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings respectively, between 6 and 9 PM at the Timmins Armoury, located behind the Bon Air Motel. Youth and parents interested in the program are encouraged to call 705 264-1988 for information on your program of choice. Photos from the event are viewable at