Is Trudeau a known loon? Alternatively, is there some plausible and purely terrestrial political reason for something like this? (The story frames it as part of the Star Wars debate, but it’s not clear to me why it would be politically expedient to pretend to take ETs seriously as part of that debate.)
I think if any alien species has technology advanced enough to travel through interstellar space and visit earth on a regular basis, they’ll be the ones deciding just how peaceful our relations will be.
He’s run for the leadership of the Liberals, and also run for the leadership of the conservatives. He’s started and held the leadership of his own party, which he unsuccessfully tried to merge with the NDP. In other words, he has been all over the political map of Canada (and the universe).
We did have a very successful Prime Minister who had some interesting beliefs: MacKenzie-King, who regularly spoke with his dead mother.
Presently, our neighbours, the USA, have a President who ernestly believes in a god with whom he has spoken.
Paul Hellyer is arguialy the least reliable source in the world. He himself has recently been EXTREMELY vocal about his belief that space aliens are visiting the Earth and that the government of the United States is covering it up.
Consider this quote from the linked article:
Originally said by Paul Hellyer
He goes on to claim that the United States - Hellyer hates Americans - is going to start a war with the space aliens.
Canada has serious problems with regional dissatisfaction, health care waiting lists, a totally failed Indian affairs policy, international competition and infrastructure issues, and Mr. Hellyer is worrying about our relations with the Klingon Empire.
Not just interstellar space, but intergalactic space! For some reason, out of all this guy’s wierdness, that part bothers me the most. We’ve got billions and billions of stars in this galaxy alone. That’s more than enough space to hold all of Hellyer’s crazy.
In the 1980s there was a french fry war in River Valley, Ontario, (the combatants were some bikers and some paddlers; the bikers took offence at the paddlers wearing neoprene) within an hour’s drive of the air force base that was closed, and even closer to an American radar station.
That Web site has been around for at least eight or nine years. I remember visiting it back in grad school, which means it’s been around since 1996, if not earlier. The stock graphics – the “turn page” arrow buttons – were a common sight on almost every Web site in 1994. Bad design now, but considering the limits of mid-1990s HTML, it’s not that bad.
If you want to concentrate on “ET” part of it, then you are in loony land.
But if you want to concentrate on this aspect of your link, then you are not talking fiction. You are now entering a serious debate as to whether your tax money should be spent on this:
“The Air Force Space Command has issued a progress report, “Strategic Master Plan FY04 and Beyond (SMP),” which puts forth the U.S. intention to dominate the world by turning space into a crucial battlefield”.
Is “Weaponization of Outer Space” something we really want to do?
I’d also be somewhat concerned had Trudeau made any recent comments, insane or otherwise. Granted, as Muffin mentioned, speaking to the dead is not entirely without precedent in Canadian politics, but I don’t think Mackenzie King’s mother ever gave any speeches, so it would still be extremely weird.