Don't answer that, it's a rhetorical question.
Early last week it was announced that Harper's EnviroCan was relocating its Pacific emergency oil spill operations to Quebec which a suspicious mind might connect somehow to Harper's insane obsession with ramping up British Columbia's probability of massive oil spills from his bitumen oil tanker initiative.
But Quebec wasn't far enough for the Canadian navy Acoustic Data Analysis Centre (Pacific) that collects and analyzes acoustic intelligence from the Pacific Ocean. ADAC-P is now being shut down and moved to, wait for it, Halifax. Just as British Columbia's emergency oil spill problems are to be left to a team in distant Quebec, so our Pacific naval intelligence can be left to the Atlantic Command.
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but the U-boat threat ended in 1945, right? And the Soviet subs were pretty much beached when the CCCP broke up, eh? "The Hunt for Red October" is, after all, just a movie. But the Threat du Jour is supposedly China, isn't it? And that's why the US is shifting its attention from the Middle East to East Asia and the Pacific, right? So why in hell are we consolidating any defence function, especially a Pacific Ocean acoustic intelligence operation, to Halifax? Shouldn't the Atlantic guys be moved to Esquimalt?
British Columbia is relatively undefended. When a Korean-bound flight out of Vancouver had to be turned around over the Charlottes due to a bomb call, we had to rely on American fighters from Oregon to escort the aircraft to our very own Royal Canadian Air Force base, Comox. That's because we don't have any fighter/interceptor force on the left coast. Except for the Americans it's undefended airspace. And the F-35 isn't going to change that one bit.
The focus of this century won't be Fort McMurray. It's the Pacific and, for Canada, that means British Columbia. There's not much good that can come to Canada by ignoring that.