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

Teresa Wright
Published on March 11, 2016

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.

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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.

Lawrence MacAulay speaks to the House of Commons in this Canadian Press file photo.