Torstar News Service Paul Hellyer, minister of national defence under Lester B. Pearson and deputy prime minister under Pierre Trudeau, will be speaking at the Conspiracy Culture Bookstore in Toronto this week.

The Canadian man who’s the first cabinet minister in a G8 country to go public with their belief in extraterrestrials will be giving a speech in Toronto this Thursday.

Paul Hellyer, minister of national defence under Lester B. Pearson and deputy prime minister under Pierre Trudeau, will be speaking at the Conspiracy Culture Bookstore on Queen Street West. The event is a Canadian preview of the Citizens’ Hearing on Disclosure, a mock senate hearing on extraterrestrials that will be held in Washington, D.C. in April. Hellyer is scheduled to testify and will talk about how he came to believe in aliens.

As minister of defence, he received “sightings reports” of unidentified flying objects, the vast majority of which were ultimately identified as natural phenomenon, he said.

For years a friend sent him information about UFOs, but paid no attention to it until he read The Day After Roswell and watched a program by Peter Jennings who interviewed people who had seen UFOs.

“I personally felt all these people couldn’t be lying,” he said. Since September 2005, he has been speaking out.

“The more I learn, the more concerned I get,” he said. “I really feel compelled to do anything I can to get public attention to the fact that there are all these secrets that are being held which affect our lives and future in a very real way.”

He’s received “a few raised eyebrows,” but says his good reputation has prevented anything very negative. Hellyer said a lot is riding on having an open discussion about extraterrestrials, including ending the world’s dependence on fossil fuels by harnessing zero-point energy with technology developed by contact with aliens.

“I’m led to believe that the technology is there, but it’s just being kept hidden so that the people that own the oil industry can cash in their trillions of dollars in chips they have invested in the industry,” he said.

Canadian conspiracies

America seems to have a lock on conspiracy theories, from the shooting of JFK, to the 911 Truth Movement, to the claims that the Sandy Hook shooting never happened. Does Obama really shoot skeet or did the White House fake that photo? Does anyone but Donald Trump really believe the president isn’t American?
In Canada, we have a tamer history of conspiracy theories. Here are a few highlights:

Project Magnet
A short-lived government program run by the Department of Transport in the early 1950s, Project Magnet was tasked with investigating UFO technology. The truth of what it uncovered is less clear. Wilbert Smith, the lead engineer, determined that not only did flying saucers exist, but their “modus operandi” is unknown and the topic is deemed both highly classified and of the most extreme significance by the U.S. government, according to Paul Hellyer.

Poppy quarter recorders
The U.S. Defence Department issued a warning about Canadian coins with radio frequency transmitters in them planted on U.S. contractors with classified security clearances in 2005 and 2006. However, the Associated Press found out the alleged bugs were actually just quarters with red poppies on them that the Canadian Mint issued in 2004, but some U.S. Army contactors erroneously believed they were spyware and reported their concerns.

Toronto City Hall conspiracy
Counc. Giorgio Mammoliti announced in January he hired an investigator to look into a “conspiracy” at city hall that involves councillors, city staff and members of the public. He said he’s been followed and found evidence that his phones have been tampered with. Mammoliti is waiting to show police and the public his proof until the investigation is complete, but adamantly denies suggestions that the conspiracy is merely theory.

Avro Arrow
Theories about the Avro Arrow planes abound, including why the Diefenbaker government cancelled the aerospace program in 1959, and that one plane escaped the destroy order. Arrow Recovery Canada is one of the groups searching for nine model planes believed to be at the bottom of Lake Ontario. This month, lead diver Marlyn (Mar) Smith told London Community News they’re “this close” to finding them.

Mass killing of Inuit sled dogs
Perhaps the saddest theory to take hold is that the RCMP systematically killed sled dogs as part of an assimilation effort in the 1950s and ’60s to drive the Inuit into towns. The RCMP says officers had to destroy animals suffering from starvation, disease or posed a threat to people, and due to language barriers, it was sometimes difficult to explain their reasons to the Inuit people.

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