I dont think Quebec or the US is really an issue when it comes to the Security of the Country...Canada is "fan favoured" enough throughout the World that if in fact the US invaded Canada, the Global response would be great. And I do still think the UK would hepl us if need be, even despite my couple of weeks worth of rant. Recall if you will the Cod War in the early '90's. The UK voted in strong support of sending Royal Navy vessels to Canadian waters to support our mission in turning back the Spanish ships. I think the support would be the same if it mattered this day in age with an opposing force stronger the Spain.
Not sure what use a Sub in the Great Lakes would do but thats fine.
The Canadian Forces doesn't try to save money on Uniforms. In fact we spend more money and have among the most technically advance Combat uniforms in the World - Heat maintained to minimize infra-red and fire resistance, and computer generated patterns to break body formation. Even our plain old olives were pretty good Combats...Slàinte!