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Military was too slow to act after finding hate group recruiter in its ranks

By Scott Taylor      

One of the bigger questions we should be asking is why did it take a newspaper reporter endangering himself in order to surface the truth about these neo-Nazis?

Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, pictured speaking to reporters in West Block on June 17, 2019, has said reservist Patrik Mathews was under investigation by the military’s counter-intelligence unit. So why, asks Scott Taylor, did his local brigade commander say they were unaware of his extra-curricular activities until a newspaper reporter went undercover and reported them? The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—The saga of Master Cpl. Patrik Mathews continues to be a puzzler, with a plethora of unanswered questions. What we do know for sure is that Mathews joined the Canadian Army reserves eight years ago as a combat engineer. He was promoted twice to his current rank, and received training in the usual combat engineer skill sets like basic firearms handling, construction, demolition, and explosives training.

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