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Politics Tories would re-establish Quebec military college as a full university

Conservative leader Stephen Harper speaks to supporters while campaigning Sept. 22, 2015 in Winnipeg.

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Stephen Harper announced Wednesday that the Conservatives would re-establish a military college in Quebec as a full degree-granting institution.

Harper is in Montreal but made the announcement through a statement as he has no public events ahead of the French-language leaders' debate Thursday.

He says the Liberals closed College Militaire Royal de St. Jean in 1995 and the Conservatives reopened it in 2008.

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The Conservative leader says if his government is re-elected it will restore it as a full-fledged university able to grant degrees.

The move would cost about $4-million each year.

The Conservatives say it would help recruit Quebec-based cadets and improve bilingualism in the Armed Forces.

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