Listening to a Speech by Canadian Army Major Stephen Chledowski on Youtube, my first reaction was "This can't be real!" Scanning various media reports, I confirmed that Stephen Chledowski is, in fact, an active military officer and he has not denied or recanted the content of the video recording of his speech. Chledowski is openly guilty of mutiny and sedition. Under military law, a recommended punishment is life in prison, yet everyone I have read reacting to his speech--online commentators, military spokesperson, reporters, etc--implies that he is likely to receive a slap on the wrist. Have we all become so removed from reality and the law?
Dear readers, I don't think I can pare this down to make it more easily digestible. It's pretty straightforward. Here are the relevant sections of the military Code of Service Discipline, Part III of the National Defence Act. Read the law; then listen to Chledowski's speech. My interpretation is that a major in the Canadian forces is inciting his fellow soldiers and the police of Canada to overthrow the Government of Canada. I'm not trying to express an opinion or make a recommendation here. Here is the evidence (the video linked above) and here (below) is the law: Please tell me what I'm missing.