“Not Only Has ET Been Here, There are More Than One Species,” says, Paul Hellyer, Former Canadian Minister of Defense

[dropcap]Why[/dropcap] is Lester B. Pearson’s 89-year-old former minister of National Defence coming to Washington next week to testify before a make-believe Congressional hearing as to the existence – and multiple visits to Earth – of little green men (not to mention tall white dudes) from outer space?

“Because this is the third-most important issue facing humankind after global warming and changing the monetary system,” says Paul Hellyer.

It is the eve of what is being billed as “the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure of an Extraterrestrial Presence Engaging the Human Race.” (Tagline: “If the Congress won’t do its job, the people will.”) Hellyer, the former Liberal, Tory and independent MP who first sat in Parliament in 1949, will be arguing — hardly for the first time — that, as he tells me by phone from his home in Toronto, not only has ET been here, “there are more than one species, in fact, there are several species.

“There has been collaboration between one or more of them with the U.S. government and the U.S. Defense Department. They’ve been sharing technology, some of which they wouldn’t want the public to know about. Not only anti-gravity machines, but also diabolical weapons — so many things that will affect the future of humankind.”

“Why didn’t you ask them about this when you were minister of National Defence?” I ask.

“I’d never heard about this at that time,” he answers.

Alien intelligence, Hellyer says, “is like a scroll that opens up in both directions; it has no end, it goes on and on. There are people from other dimensions, too, and a lot of them have visited Earth and they still do. Some of them look very much like us. The species we call the Tall Whites have been seen shopping in Las Vegas.”

Hellyer is not alone in his certainty that we are not alone. Last month, a polling firm in North Carolina sampled 1,000 Americans on various outre subjects and discovered that 21 per cent agree that a UFO crash at Roswell, N.M., in 947 was covered up by the U.S. government, and that 29 per cent concur with the rather amorphous proposition that “aliens exist.”

The Citizen Hearing on Disclosure, etc., is going to occupy five full days, starting on Monday, at the National Press Club, whose windows overlook the grounds of the White House, to which the debonair alien Klaatu and his indestructible robot Gort came in peace — and were summarily blasted with machine guns and flame throwers by the U.S. army — in The Day The Earth Stood Still.

Hellyer and dozens of other witnesses will present their opinions and their evidence to five former members of the House of Representatives, plus ex-senator Mike Gravel of Alaska, the iconoclast Democrat who made a bid for the White House in 2008, but whose support never exceeded what the experts call “statistical zero.”

“When they invited me to take part in this hearing, I told them very candidly that I’m somewhat skeptical about some of the areas that are involved in this,” Gravel tells me from his California residence. “That was not a showstopper for them.”

Gravel, who is 83 and the son of emigrant Quebecers — “I have more relatives in CANADA than in the United States, but they’re dying” — promises that his role in the hearing will be that of an impartial auditor.

“At my age, I can’t ski or play tennis anymore,” the two-term senator says. “All I can do is acquire information.

“From my point of view,” he reasons, “the number of UFO sightings would indicate that, even if the numbers are exaggerated, they should be examined and reported to the public. France, CANADA, and a few of the others have revealed all the information that they have — the exception to this rule is the U.S. government. This canard that the American public would panic if there was anything proven is ridiculous. The people are mature, they understand that there are many facets of life that are unexplainable, and this is one of them.

“Are there little green men? I don’t know. We’ll see what the testimony is.”

“What would change in our lives if they really do exist?” I ask Gravel.

“Nothing,” he replies. “Nothing. People would be satisfied that there are unexplained events, but that’s not unusual. The whole belief in god is empirically unproven, yet we accept that.”

Both Gravel and Hellyer agree that the United Nations should be involved in any further venture into intergalactic affairs. This path has been trodden before. In 1978, Prime Minister Eric Gairy of Grenada beseeched the UN General Assembly, “Why should man be precluded from information on UFOs, a matter of great interest and importance to man, while at the same time he is fed so many trivialities which can contribute nothing to his personal enrichment?” But while Gairy was meeting with Secretary General Kurt Waldheim in New York, he was overthrown by a leftist coup at home.)

Hellyer adamantly does not believe that proof of extraterrestrial visitation would provoke, as Gravel says, “nothing.”

“The ramifications are just enormous,” Hellyer affirms. “The question is, what’s the end game as far as the people are concerned who have the knowledge and are doing the engineering and building the machines that the aliens showed them that will blow your mind away? If the United States is doing these things, then Russia and China know about it and are doing the same thing. These are big issues, especially when people are starving.”

“Is this what you want to be remembered for?” I ask.

“No,” he answers. “I’d like to be remembered for changing the banking and financial system of the world. I guess you could say the secrecy is about equal.”

“Have the aliens conquered death?” I wonder.

“Some of the species live 900 years,” Hellyer replies. “If you read about Methuselah in the Bible, there might have been some around then. Personally, I have no desire to live 900 years. I have no desire to even live 100.”

Allen Abel - Calgary Herald