If a previous minister of national defense of a big country started talking publicly about his belief that some UFOs are interplanetary vehicles carrying visitors to Earth, would you believe him or not?
Well, stepping up to the plate is the Honorable Paul Hellyer, a former deputy prime minister of Canada and the longest serving current member — ahead of Prince Philip — of the Queen’s Privy Council, which is made up of “prominent Canadians appointed to advise the queen on issues of importance to the country.”
As Canadian minister of national defense in 1963, Hellyer was responsible for integrating and unifying the Royal Canadian army, navy and air force into a single organization, the Canadian Armed Forces.
Former Canadian Minister of National Defense Paul Hellyer is very outspoken on the reality of UFOs and has criticized the U.S. government for reportedly covering up UFO information.And yes, he is extremely outspoken about UFOs and alien visitors to Earth.
“Oh, I’m absolutely convinced of it. These things were not invented here. And I think people have to get accustomed to this new reality,” Hellyer told AOL News.
“We lived too long in a sense of isolation, thinking that Earth was the center of the cosmos, that we were the only species and, therefore, probably the most advanced. And when we come to the realization that we’re not any of those things, then I think we should be aware of it, learn to live with it and certainly try to take advantage of anything that we can learn from visitors from anywhere.”
Hellyer, 87, is also known for his activities involving world issues, including monetary reform, the Middle East and environmental concerns.
This week, he’s presenting his views on UFOs at the International UFO Congress in Scottsdale, Ariz.
When Hellyer was Canada’s minister of national defense, he says he never discussed UFOs with other high-ranking officials.
“I got periodic reports on sightings and I looked at them very casually, and it was decided that about 80 percent of them were natural phenomena of one sort or another, and the other 20 percent roughly were unexplained, and therefore unidentified.
“You know, this is the kind of thing that sometimes they don’t tell politicians about, and I have no doubt that there were probably people in my employ who would have been more knowledgeable than I was at the time.”
While spending last Thanksgiving north of Toronto, Hellyer and his wife spotted an unidentified flying object.
“The two of us stood there transfixed for 20 minutes, looking up at this thing moving first in one direction, and then another. By process of elimination, we determined it wasn’t a star or satellite and it wasn’t the space station, so there was really no explanation for it other than it was, in fact, a UFO.”