Warrant Officer James Topp was initially to have his case heard by his superiors after he was charged in February with two counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline for comments made while wearing his uniform.
Instead, Topp has been informed he will be tried in a military court where he may face dismissal with disgrace and up to two years in prison.
Topp recently completed a four-month-long march to Ottawa from Vancouver to protest vaccine mandates and other discriminatory covid-19 restrictions.
On June 30, Topp arrived to thousands of cheering supporters at the National War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
A handful of jeering, incoherent protesters also met Topp, calling him a fascist and a traitor.
A court-martial for Topp elevates the potential punishment from fines and reprimands to dismissal with disgrace and a possible two years in jail. Though a court-martial may mean harsher penalties if Topp is found guilty, a court-martial also provides for a trial in open court, with free legal support and Charter guarantees.
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