Aerial view of Perce, Quebec, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
It's a decision that might be efficient and might be cost-effective, but it raises some troubling questions about our sovereignty and our long-term ability to effectively patrol and police Canada's enormous coastlines.
For a post-9/11 country bounded on three sides by water, it's a critical matter to sort out the best way to secure those coastlines for lots of reasons, one of which is the threat of terrorism.
But there are other reasons, many of them connected to the Arctic waters that are about to blossom with trade, resource development, transport and military vessels -- from many nations.
Canadians were warned a month ago by the federal auditor general that we haven't budgeted for the cost of maintaining our military machinery.
That's grim news, given the amount of military work that has already been contracted out.