Our federal government is now committing substantial taxpayer dollars to both the upgrade and size of our military; so now is the time for Prince George to begin advocating that some of those military dollars be spent here.
A military training center in Prince George could create a symbiotic relationship with our post secondary institutes (UNBC and CNC) that not only could guarantee their success, but also help in the diversification of our economy as the Annual Allowable Cut is reduced.
For Prince George, the establishment of a military base here would create substantial employment for the region in both the construction and service sectors. The resultant economic uplift could rival that of UNBC itself. It could also guarantee UNBC and CNC the student base needed for continued expansion which could otherwise be threatened by a declining student enrollment which is currently partially responsible for the closure of many of our local schools.
For the military, the Prince George region has all the necessary infrastructure. It not only has the educational facilities that could be expanded to offer the educational programs needed to entice new recruits; it also has countless other sport, recreational and cultural facilities to keep military families both physically and mentally fit.
For this to happen though, we need our politicians to lobby on our behalf for our share of future govrnment military investment. Our case is simple. We have all the infrastructure and need for diversification to justify a new military base be built here in the PG region instead of directing all of the military dollars to the much over priced and overcrowded lower mainland.
Let’s encourage our politicians to look into this possible opportunity.