REALity July, 2018                                                                                                                  Ottawa, ON

On May 26, 2018, at REAL Women’s Annual General Meeting, we were honoured to have as our speaker the Honourable Brad Trost, the Conservative MP for Saskatoon-University. His topic: “The truth is: politics and morality are inseparable.”

Mr. Trost briefly outlined his family background. He grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan in a close-knit, Christian family and is now married to his wife, Gerelt, a native of Mongolia, whom he met when she was working for his campaign. They are the parents of two young children.

Ironically, while places like Russia and the country of Georgia were making efforts to return morality to the public square, Western polititians were moving in the opposite direction. We have all seen and even experienced the increasing disintegration of our communities as a result of the 60’s sexual revolution, the most serious being the breakdown of the traditional family. Fatherlessness has proven to be a disaster for both our children and society as a whole. Western countries seem to be in the same position as the Communists and will need to start rebuilding, virtually from scratch.

In a society, where both feelings and individual freedom to do whatever one wants are paramount, this is going to be a very difficult task. Although Mr. Trost did not reference Justice Learned Hand, this quote seems apropos: “Liberty lives in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.” So, what is it that is needed to return morality to our political system? Ronald Reagan stated: “Without God, there is no virtue.” Without God, there is no objective truth, and democracy cannot and will not survive. Mr. Trost said that if we fail to heed these truths, “we are a nation that is gone”.

That said, during the Q. and A. session, Mr. Trost had some good news about the initiatives of the Parliamentary pro-life caucus. He emphasized the importance of standing strong on the truth and not backing down: he referenced the English MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg. “Make your point and leave it to the voter to decide. People will follow a leader.”

Mr. Trost ended by reminding us, “If you want pro-life politicians, you need to pray for and work for them”. That is very good advice!