From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 09:42:00 -0400 Archived: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 09:42:00 -0400 Subject: UFO Seen by RCMP Over Canadian PM's Home Source: Dundurn Press' Blog - Toronto, Ontario, Canada http://dundurn.com/ufos/ April 13, 2009 UFO Seen by RCMP Over Canadian Prime Minister's Home, 1969 by Chris Rutkowski I'm currently working on my paper for presentation at the 2008 MUFON UFO Conference in Denver, in August. The thing about the MUFON conference is that invited papers must be pre-submitted by the end of April, four months ahead of the conference so that the Proceedings can be printed and available there. Hence, I'm spending a lot of nights typing and editing. The topic of my talk is the 20-year longitudinal study of UFOs in Canada, based on our annual Canadian UFO Survey. As I was editing a section in which I describe parenthetically that many of the reports obtained in the survey come from government sources, I read through a blurb about the so-called "recent release" of UFO reports by the Canadian government. I've blogged about this several times before, so I won't go into why it's not accurate. But in doing so, I came across a comment by David Haisell about a letter received by Canadian ufologist Arthur Bray from the Department of External Affairs, in which they state: "The Canadian Government does not underestimate the seriousness of the question of UFOs, and this matter is being kept under consideration and study in a number of departments and agencies." (Letter to Arthur Bray from the Dept. Of External Affairs, dated April 13, 1971) So the Canadian government stated in 1971 that "a number" of official departments were studying UFOs. However, what's most interesting to me is that the Prime Minister at the time was Pierre Elliot Trudeau, and that made me recall a UFO sighting that occurred over Ottawa in 1969, while he was in office. Since the National Archives has scanned in many early UFO- related documents, I went looking for the case. Sure enough, I found it without too much trouble. The case is interesting for several reasons. First, the witnesses were highly reliable. Specifically, they were RCMP officers! Second, they filed their reports on the UFOs through official channels. Third, we have their reports on file and for public examination. And fourth, the sightings took place while the RCMP officer was stationed at the Prime Minister's residence! In total, at least seven RCMP officers saw the UFO. [scan of RCMP report] Now, it's quite possible (and likely) that Trudeau was told about the incident. He had been asked about UFOs on several occasions, and he apparently had at least a passing interest in the subject. In fact, the subject of UFOs was brought up in the Canadian Parliament in Novermber 1968, during Trudeau's term as well. This, of course, is not the first time that Canadian Prime Ministers and UFOs have intertwined. In 2004, as I have noted elsewhere, a UFO was seen by the pilot of the Canadian equivalent of "Air Force One" while the Prime Minister was on board. And Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was said to have been present in a limousine near the United Nations in New York as a witness when the infamous Manhattan "abductions" were taking place. Maybe Canadian Prime Ministers are briefing American Presidents about UFOs, and not the other way around, as some conspiracy theorists claim. ----- Chris Rutkowski is the offical receiver of UFO reports submitted to Canadian Government Agencies... Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/subscribers/ Your access info works there too... These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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