We take advantage of the Canadian House of Commons’ summer recess to sit down with Garnett Genuis, Member of Parliament for Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan in Alberta.
We shoot the summer breeze getting to know Garnett better: how his political discernment was partly inspired by a Holocaust survivor in his family and a German bishop who resisted the Nazis; how he juggles his obligations as parliamentarian and father of five; and how the Christian faith is practiced, shared, interpreted and sometimes maligned on Parliament Hill.
Our discussion also features a lively mix of current events: Pope Francis’ recent trip to Canada and the legacy of Indian residential schools; religious freedom at home and abroad; the state of the national pro-life movement; and the outlook for upstart political parties seeking to challenge the conservative establishment.
Oh, and there’s that whole Conservative Party of Canada leadership race to talk about too.
Garnett was first elected to federal office in 2015 and was likewise victorious in the 2019 and 2021 elections. At 35 years of age, he’s spent nearly 20% of his life representing his constituents. He’s the host of his own political podcast, Resuming Debate. Garnett and his wife, Rebecca, live outside Edmonton, Alberta and have five children.
Garnett Genuis biography (official website)
“Resuming Debate” podcast hosted by Garnett Genuis
“What the bishop who resisted the Nazis can teach us today,” Catholic News Agency (December 17, 2017)
“Pope Francis in Canada” (official webpage for the July 2022 papal visit)
“‘Terrible and tragic’: Century-old Catholic Church in Morinville, Alta., destroyed by fire,” CBC News (June 30, 2021)
Garnett Genuis tweets #1 and #2 endorsements in 2022 Conservative Party of Canada leadership race
“Canada election: Did the PPC split the Conservative vote? Maybe - but it’s not that simple,” Global News (September 22, 2021)
“Alberta MP among those calling for re-opening of national Office of Religious Freedom,” Grandin Media (March 10, 2021)