MP Lawrence MacAulay shares how 'Father Brady' Smith helped him battle addiction

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In an emotional tribute to the late Rev. Brady Smith in the House of Commons Friday, Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay shared an intimate story of how Smith helped him battle addiction years ago.

RELATED: Addictions counsellor Rev. Brady Smith dies

MacAulay spoke of Brady’s own battle with addiction in his early years and how he turned this into a life’s work helping others, becoming a  “hero to anyone who ever battled addictions.”

“I, too, faced a fierce battle with alcohol and Father Brady was there to help me in my time of need,” MacAulay said Friday in the House of Commons, holding back tears.

“He ended up helping countless individuals and families throughout his life… Father Brady was certainly one of the greatest people I’ve ever known and he will be dearly missed and it was an honour to call him a friend."

MacAulay had to achieve unanimous consent of the House to make this statement Friday. Statements are normally reserved for MPs who are not in cabinet, and MacAulay currently is serving as federal Minister of Agriculture.

But he did garner unanimous consent and was able to make the statement, something he called an “unprecedented honour from all members of the House of Commons.”

Smith died on March 6 at Park West Lodge in Charlottetown. He was 90 years old.

Organizations: House of Commons

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • David Griffin
    March 12, 2016 - 12:20

    I know of many people Father Brady Smith helped with addictions. He gave of himself and certainly changed alot of peoples lives. Great Lawrence, for you makeing this tribute happen

  • Lynn
    March 12, 2016 - 08:30

    A touching tribute for an exceptional man. Mr. MacAulay is the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, not Fisheries.

  • Darlene Bradley
    March 12, 2016 - 00:27

    Thank you Lawerence for bringing it to the attention of Ottawa that addiction is very much a problem in PEI Brady is going to be missed he played a huge part in my recovery as well he is not with us in the physical body now but will be really missed by many

  • George Noble
    March 11, 2016 - 21:42

    Thank you Lawrence for bringing Brady's history to those on a national stage. He was a VERY EXCEPTIONAL man who helped so many without asking for anything in return. It was an honour to know him...he was a great Islander......may his work carry on......

  • Ann
    March 11, 2016 - 21:11

    Applauding Mr MacAulay, A true and faithful friend. Father Brady will always watch over those in need, it is up to the rest of us to carry on his work. God Bless Father Brady.