The Canadian government has a plan if questions about unidentified flying objects are raised in Parliament.
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra is reportedly leading the response to UFO-related questions in the House of Commons, according to documents obtained by CTVNews.ca. Acquired through a freedom of information request, the documents also include talking points on UFOs prepared for the minister’s office and emails regarding a May 11 UFO briefing his staff attended. .
“(The Minister’s Office) has requested a brief on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, in particular the role of (Transport Canada) and additional relevant information,” reads a May 6 email to the Safety and Security Group. Transport Canada Security.
Earlier that morning, CTVNews.ca ran a story about a Former Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan Received UFO Briefing nearly a year earlier, in May 2021. This briefing preceded a US intelligence report on military sightings of “unidentified aerial phenomena”, or UAP, which was made public in June 2021.
Additional emails from May 6 reveal rapid coordination between staff in the offices of the Defense and Transport Ministers, who “discussed and agreed that (the Transport Minister) would respond to any questions that may arise internally at this subject,” a transportation official said. Canada’s email this afternoon explains, referring to the House of Commons.
“To support the minister’s preparedness on this matter, please provide a (parliamentary briefing card) on this subject by noon on Tuesday, May 10,” the email continued.
Other internal emails show how Transport Canada staff worked over the weekend to create the parliamentary briefing card, which consisted of three pages of talking points and background information on how the department federal Transport Canada receives UFO reports, which are then published in a online aviation incident database.
Known as CADORS, the Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System database is studded with nearly three decades of strange Canadian sightings of civilians, soldiers, police officers, air traffic controllers as well as pilots on military, medical, cargo and passenger flights operated by WestJet, Air Canada Express, Porter Airlines, Delta and After.
A July 2021 report describes a Canadian military transport plane and a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines passenger flight that “reported seeing a bright green object fly through clouds and then disappear” over the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The Canadians “thought it was flying” while the KLM crew “thought it was space junk”.
“While further investigations of UAP sightings are outside of (Transport Canada’s) mandate, (Transport Canada) is open to continued collaboration with other government departments and is committed to ensuring the safety and security of the Canadian aviation industry”, one of the “SUGGESTED ANSWERS / KEY MESSAGES” in the parliamentary backgrounder.
In case of questions in the House of Commons, the Parliamentary Information Card also included a section titled “IF IN A RUSH”.
“Recent media reports report minimal government funding in Canada for UAP research compared to the United States, and a collaborative approach to standardizing data collection across federal agencies is suggested,” the final point reads. of the section.
Obtained through an Access to Information request, the emails below and the three-page “parliamentary briefing card” show how Transport Canada staff prepared for potential questions about UFOs in Parliament. CTVNews.ca has redacted email addresses and phone numbers for privacy reasons. Click here for a full-screen view of documents.
In the United States, both the Pentagon and Nasa are currently studying Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or UAP – their preferred term for what is more commonly referred to as Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs. The Pentagon seems to have engaged on the subject almost continuously since 2007.
“We know our military has encountered unidentified aerial phenomena,” said Ronald Moultrie, the US intelligence official who oversees the Pentagon. , told U.S. lawmakers May 17, in the first congressional hearing on UFOs in more than 50 years. “We are open to any findings we may come across.”
For its part, the Canadian Armed Forces states that it “generally does not investigate sightings of unknown or unexplained phenomena outside of the context of investigating credible threats, potential threats, or potential distress in the case of search and rescue”.
Transport Canada also warns that reports in its aviation incident database “contain preliminary unconfirmed data that may be subject to change.”
In a statement to CTVNews.ca, a spokesperson for Transport Canada confirmed that the UAP briefing took place on May 11 and was attended by staff from the Minister of Transport’s office.
“The Government of Canada takes UAP reports seriously because they may present a real threat to aviation security, such as an unidentified drone or rogue balloon,” the spokesperson said via email. “We should always consider how we can improve the security network, including taking into account reports from other sources in the service.”
In a previous media statementa Transport Canada spokesperson said: “Reports of unidentified objects can rarely be followed up because they are, as the title suggests, unidentified.”
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Representing Thornhill, Ontario, MP Melissa Lantsman is Opposition Critic for Transportation and one of two new deputy chiefs of the Conservative Party. Lantsman says Canada should work with the United States and follow their lead on the UAP “without a dismissive automatic response.”
“Rather than ridicule and silence, it would be wise to look into this matter, with the goal of identifying the origins and intent of these UAPs,” Lantsman wrote in an email to CTVNews.ca. “We believe the government should take a streamlined, whole-of-government approach to standardize reporting across multiple departments and contractors… Efforts should be made to investigate and make these findings public in an accountable manner.”
In the absence of official data, other Canadian MPs also sought information on the subject.
John “Jock” Williams spent more than two decades flying fighter jets for the Royal Canadian Air Force, then worked as a Flight Safety Officer with Transport Canada for more than a dozen years. He thinks his two former employers should follow up on any credible UFO reports they receive, such as those other pilotseven though people actually only see relatively ordinary objects like drones and balloons.
“There’s no one in the Canadian government looking at this in enough depth,” Williams, now an aviation consultant and frequent media commentator, told CTVNews.ca from Toronto. “I am as perplexed as anyone as to what is flying in our skies without our understanding or permission.”