Canada Should Invest More in UFO Research Following Pentagon Briefing, Says Tory MP

By Andrew Chen
Andrew Chen
Andrew Chen
Andrew Chen is an Epoch Times reporter based in Toronto.
May 18, 2022 Updated: May 18, 2022

Following a recent U.S. congressional hearing on “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAPs), commonly known as unidentified flying objects (UFOs), a Canadian parliamentarian is calling for more government attention on the issue and to establish parallel research programs.

Conservative MP Larry Maguire told CTV News on May 17 that at least three Canadian officials have requested briefings from former pentagon officials on UAPs.

“When you see the information that’s come out of the United States, you’d have to take it seriously,” Maguire said. “We need to have a parallel program to what the United States already has.”

“We need to identify the origins and the intent of these UAPs, and that certainly can’t hurt anything.”

Maguire made the remarks as two senior U.S. defence intelligence officials testified this week at a congressional hearing on May 17—the first hearing on the issue in a half-century—after the U.S.’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report documenting 144 UAP sightings between 2004 and 2021.

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Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray explains a video of an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, as he testifies before a House Intelligence Committee subcommittee hearing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on May 17, 2022. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Footage of the unknown flying objects were shown during the hearing, to which there is no explanation for what they are, testified Scott Bray, deputy director of naval intelligence in the UAP Task Force (UAPTF), the Pentagon body responsible for UAP investigations.

Bray said the task force’s database on UAP sightings has now grown to approximately 400 reports since the release of its preliminary assessment in June 2021.

During the hearing, Ronald Moultrie, who oversees the Pentagon’s newly-formed UFO research office, said the government is “open to any conclusions that we may encounter.”

On Feb. 16, 2021, Maguire and another Conservative parliamentarian were briefed by Luis Elizondo, a former U.S. Army counterintelligence officer who was reportedly in charge of a UAP research program before resigning from the Pentagon in 2017, CTV reported.

“Mr. Maguire is absolutely correct in his concern, because he knows that these reports do occur,” Elizondo told CTV News on May 17.

“I think the time has come for us to have an open and honest dialogue about this topic without fear of retribution, without stigma and associated taboo.”

In January 2022, Maguire’s office also arranged another briefing with the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU), an international scientific think tank that focuses on UAP research, CTV reported.

Canada’s former defence minister Harjit Sajjan also received a UFO briefing in June 2021, ahead of the public release of an unclassified U.S. intelligence report on UFOs. The briefing slides, obtained by CTV through access to information, said there were roughly 1,000 UFO sightings reported in Canada each year.

In a recent op-ed, Maguire said the once-obscure subject is now being discussed by high-level military officials, and thus deserves serious attention from the Canadian government.

“For decades, the public has been told claims about UAP (what were once called UFOs) are either banal or altogether nonsense. It is now apparent there is something very real going on—something that warrants high-level briefings from military leaders,” he wrote.

“This deserves legitimate inquiries, and it is time to demand action from our government departments. Moreover, it’s time for them to engage with the scientific community in an open and transparent manner.”

Gary Bai contributed to this article.

Andrew Chen
Andrew Chen is an Epoch Times reporter based in Toronto.