Correction, August 29, 9:50 a.m.: The Forward previously mislabeled Patrik Mathews’s title. Master corporal is not an officer ranking in the Canadian Forces.
Master Corporal Patrik Mathews will be formally released from the Canadian Army Reserves in a few weeks, after recently being suspended and stripped of his uniform. There is an ongoing investigation into his conduct and extremist views. Mathews was a recruiter for The Base, a violent “far-right” hate group. He was originally going to return as a combat engineer in September.
“It is incumbent of our leaders to know their soldiers, and to take measures when they have acted in a manner that is not aligned with our beliefs and culture of respect for all people,” a military spokeswoman wrote in a statement. “We have taken decisive action, and we will continue to exert full energy in removing those from our ranks who harbour extremist ideologies.”
Mathews was outed as a member of The Base when a Free Press reporter went undercover after “Save your Race, Join The Base” posters were posted around the city.