While Stephen Hawking predicts that alien life will invade Earth sometime in the near future, former federal defense minister Paul Hellyer says that the scientist’s predictions are not accurate because aliens have been visiting Canada for years.

The 86-year-old cabinet member says that he is shocked that a world-renowned astrophysicist could spread such a significant level of misinformation regarding such and important topic as extraterrestrials.

“The reality is that they’ve (aliens) been visiting Earth for decades and probably millennia and have contributed considerably to our knowledge,” said Hellyer, adding that many elements of life on Earth can be traced back to alien spacecraft. “Microchips, for example, fiber-optics, they are just two of the many things that allegedly — and probably for real — came from crashed vehicles.”

Yet, Hellyer admits that during his time as defense minister, he never received any UFO briefings from the military – just reports of sightings.

Meanwhile, Hawking says that alien life may eventually come in the form of microbes, or small animals, but there is a chance that there is life out there “looking to conquer and colonize” other planets.

What do you believe – are aliens coming, already living among us or nonexistent?