Hellyer is to be a featured speaker at a UFO conference in Toronto this month and organizers are making much of his credentials as a former defence minister in the Pearson administration 40 years ago.
Skeptics are, well, skeptical.
Hellyer, 82, says he believes not only that UFOs are extraterrestrial visitors, but that some governments — the United States at least — know all about it and are covering up.
He says he believes American scientists have re-engineered alien wreckage from a UFO crash at Roswell, N.M. in 1947 to produce technical marvels.
"I believe that UFOs are real," he said in a recent interview. "I'll talk about that a little bit and a bit about the fantastic cover-up of the United States government and also a little bit of the fallout from the wreckage, by that I mean the material discoveries we have made and how they've been applied to our technology."
I'd believe in crazy conspiracies too, if I'd spent the past decade or so making common cause with David Orchard, Maude Barlow and Mel Hurtig.
Source: Toronto Star