Paul Hellyer – the former Canadian Minister of Defence – is believed to be the highest-profile politician to openly back the long-running conspiracy theory. The 94-year-old said its wealthy members continue to wage needless wars and focus on profits, rather than helping the planet. Hellyer told the Lazarus Effect podcast he believes the group has the technology to reverse the effects of climate change but won’t do so as many of its members are oil industry millionaires. The Illuminati is said to be a group of powerful people that conspiracy theorists say secretly controls the world’s economy. According to Hellyer, many of its wealthy members are heavily invested in the oil industry.
“You have a got secret cabal that’s actually running the world and they’ve managed to keep this technology under wraps until they can cash in the trillions of oil assets that they’ve got,” he said. “And it’s not going to change until hundreds of thousands of people band together and say ‘look you’ve got to come clean, tell us what is going on, and change your priorities to save the world for further generations instead of blowing it on wars.”
The ex minister also believes “at least four species of aliens” have been visiting Earth for decades claiming the authorities are constantly in discussions with extraterrestrial ambassadors. Mr Hellyer first spoke about his belief that aliens were on Earth in 1995, and since then has become an authoritative figure in the UFO community. He also believes in the eyes of these alien life forms humans are seen as very primitive. “Certainly they are more advanced in agriculture and medicine and many other areas and if that’s true why aren’t we cooperating with them to build a better world?” he said