Fonds 2006/5 - Charles H. Belzile fonds

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Charles H. Belzile fonds

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CA ON00093 2006/5

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  • 1951-1998, predominant 1994-1998 (Creation)

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2.97 m of textual records (16 boxes)

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Lieutenant-General Charles H. Belzile (1933- ) was a Canadian soldier, former head of the Canadian Army, and in 1995 served on the Special Commission on Reserve Restructure (SCRR), the Special Advisory Group in Military Justice and Military Police Investigation Services in 1997, and finally he served on the Military Police Services Review (MPSR) in 1998. Born in Trois-Pistoles, Quebec, Belzile enrolled in the Canadian Army in 1951, and eventually assigned as a platoon commander in Korea. Upon his return he assumed a number of staff and command positions including that of Adjutant with 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and staff officer at Quebec Command Headquarters in Montreal. He was later appointed to several high-profile positions in Canada and abroad including that of Brigade Major in West Germany, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment in Valcartier, Quebec; Commander 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group and Commander of Canadian Forces Europe in Germany as well as Commander, Mobile Command in St. Hubert, Quebec. LGen Belzile retired from the Canadian Forces in October 1986, and then held a position of Vice-President with SNC Industrial Technologies of Le Gardeur, Quebec, from 1987 to 1992. Since 1992 he has been President of CH Belzile Consultants, which included holding the positions on the aforementioned commissions and advisory groups through the 1990s.

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Fonds consists of documentation concerning the three commissions in which Charles H. Belzile took part. The documentation is made up of presentations, briefs, reports, and sometimes opinions from various sources including academic specialists, persons from all levels of the military, and in some cases, the general public. Personal and internal correspondence is included, along with general administrative and miscellaneous papers. There are three series in this fonds, divided by commission:
I. Special Commission on Reserve Restructure (SCRR) (1995)
II. Special Advisory Group in Military Justice and Military Police Investigation Services (1997)
III. Military Police Services Review (MPSR) (1998)

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Fonds received 24 April 2006 from Charles H. Belzile of Ottawa, Ontario.


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  • English

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Seven files are classified. These are stored in Box 16, and the remaining boxes are unclassified.

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Finding aids

Copies of the finding aid are located in the first file of the fonds and in the Reading Room at the Directorate of History and Heritage. Electronic copies are also available.

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The following document is available in the Document Collection at the Directorate of History and Heritage:
87/36 - Belzile, C.H., Colonel. Second Board of Inquiry on fatal accident of 19 Jul 73 at Baie St-Paul, Quebec. (Confidential)
PRF - Special Commission on the Restructure of the Reserves.

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No further accruals are expected.

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This fonds is predominantly English, but contains some bilingual documents and some French documents. The last column on the right of each file list indicates whether any of the contents are in English, French, or Bilingual. Some files indicated as containing documents in one language might contain one or two single documents or pages in the other language. If more than one language is present they will be listed beginning with the language most dominant.

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