Scott Andrews (politician)

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Scott Andrews
Scott Andrews St. John's Rally.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Avalon
In office
November 18, 2008 – October 19, 2015
Preceded byFabian Manning
Succeeded byKen McDonald
Personal details
Born (1974-12-28) December 28, 1974 (age 44)
St. John's, Newfoundland
Political partyIndependent
Other political
Liberal (2008-2014)
ResidenceConception Bay South, NL
WebsiteScott Andrews

Scott Andrews (born December 28, 1974) is a Canadian politician. He represented the Newfoundland and Labrador electoral district of Avalon from his election in the 2008 Canadian federal election until his defeat in the 2015 federal election. Originally a member of the Liberal Party, he most recently sat as an independent.

Prior to being elected MP he served on the Conception Bay South Town Council.

Life and career[edit]

Andrews was born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He served as a Member of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans and a Member of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs.[1]

Andrews introduced Bill C-464 on October 23, 2009, and received unanimous support from all political parties in the House of Commons to advance the bill to the Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights on December 4, 2009.[2] Andrews was moved to bring this bill forward in memory of Zachary Turner, a child who was killed by his mother. The bill seeks to change the Criminal Code of Canada to allow the courts to justify refusing bail to those accused of serious crimes in the name of protecting their children. In December 2010, Zachary's Bill became law when it was given Royal Assent by Governor General David Johnston.[3] This marked the first time a Member of Parliament from Newfoundland & Labrador successfully passed a Private Member's Bill.

Andrews was re-elected in the 2011 general election, defeating Conservative Senator Fabian Manning a second time.[4]

On November 5, 2014, Andrews and Massimo Pacetti were both suspended from the Liberal Party caucus by leader Justin Trudeau, following allegations of personal misconduct laid by two unnamed New Democratic Party MPs.[5] Both Andrews and Pacetti opted to sit as independent MPs pending investigation of the complaints.[5] On March 14, 2015; it was reported that Trudeau had deemed Andrews and Pacetti's actions serious enough that he had decided to permanently expel them from the Liberal caucus and ban them from running as Liberals in the next election.[6] On March 19, Andrews announced that he had accepted the findings of the investigation and would serve out his term as an independent.[7] Andrews ran for re-election in the 2015 federal election[8] as an independent candidate, but he was defeated by Liberal nominee Ken McDonald. Andrews placed second with 17.8% of the vote, besting the both the New Democratic and Conservative candidates.[9]

2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Ken McDonald 23,583 55.90 +11.90
Independent Scott Andrews 7,501 17.80 -22.20
New Democratic Jeannie Baldwin 6,085 14.40 +0.20
Conservative Lorraine Barnett 4,670 11.10 -29.40
Green Krista Byrne-Puumala 228 0.50 -0.10
Strength in Democracy Jennifer McCreath 84 0.20
Total valid votes/Expense limit 42,151 99.90 -
Total rejected ballots
2011 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Scott Andrews 16,008 44.00 -1.28
Conservative Fabian Manning 14,749 40.50 +5.34
New Democratic Matthew Fuchs 5,157 14.20 -3.19
Independent Randy Wayne Dawe 276 0.80
Green Matt Crowder 218 0.60 -1.57
Total valid votes/Expense limit 36,408 100.00 -
Total rejected ballots 166
2008 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Scott Andrews 14,866 45.28 +6.70
Conservative Fabian Manning 11,542 35.16 -16.39
New Democratic Randy Wayne Dawe 5,708 17.39 +8.32
Green Dave Aylward 713 2.17 +1.37
Total valid votes 32,829


  1. ^ "Committee link". Retrieved January 11, 2010.
  2. ^ "C-464 - An Act to amend the Criminal Code (justification for detention in custody)". Retrieved December 4, 2009.
  3. ^ "Bagby bill becomes law". Retrieved March 30, 2011.
  4. ^ "Andrews holds Avalon". The Telegram. May 3, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Liberal MPs Scott Andrews, Massimo Pacetti suspended from caucus amid harassment allegations". CBC News, November 5, 2014.
  6. ^ "Liberal MP Massimo Pacetti maintains innocence, says he won't run again". Globe and Mail. March 18, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  7. ^ "Scott Andrews, Ousted Liberal MP, Accepts Findings Of Misconduct Probe". Canadian Press. March 18, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  8. ^ "Former Newfoundland Liberal to run in federal election as an Independent". Canadian Press. August 11, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  9. ^ "Voter Information Service - Election results since 2015". Retrieved 2018-06-12.

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