Scott Andrews stepping away from politics
Independent MP loses seat to Liberal Ken McDonald
On a chilly October evening, former Avalon MP Scott Andrews told reporters he was finished with politics for the time being.
He pledged to focus his energies on his family and a life outside of the politics.
We put a lot of hard work in, volunteers put a lot of work in. I’m a little disappointed but as a politician you know that this can happen. Scott Andrews
“You will not see my name on a ballot any time soon,” said Andrews. “My 23 years of politics have come to close tonight and I’ve got some family commitments and other things I’m going to spend more time on.”
When asked how he was feeling after failing to retain his seat in the House of Commons as an independent MP, Andrews said he accepted the result.
“I’m personally disappointed,” said Andrews. “We put a lot of hard work in, volunteers put a lot of work in. I’m a little disappointed but as a politician you know that this can happen.”
Prior to meeting with members of the media, Andrews visited winner Ken McDonald to congratulate him.
Liberal representative McDonald took Andrews and the other four candidates - the NDP’s Jeannie Baldwin, Conservative Lorraine Barnett, Krista Byrne-Puumala of the Green Party and Forces et Démocratie candidate Jennifer McCreath - to task in securing more than 50 per cent of the vote.
“I’m surprised what I’m seeing around Atlantic Canada,” said Andrews. “You’re seeing a complete red wave. A lot of good, hard working constituents went down to defeat. You put it all in perspective and sometimes there are a lot of things out there that are beyond your control.”
The results mean Avalon returns to the Liberal party after several months with no party affiliation. In March, Andrews was ejected from the federal Liberal caucus party by leader Justin Trudeau over allegations of sexual misconduct.
After an independent investi- gation was performed, Andrews chose not to fight for a return to the fold, instead choosing to represent his riding for the remainder of this term as an independent.
“We put that behind us and we’re moving forward,” he said.
Prior to his ejection, Andrews was the longtime member for the Avalon riding. He first won the seat in 2008 and has held it ever since.
Despite this, the election re- sults are a clear indication that Andrews still had pockets of support in the region. It just wasn’t enough to topple the Liberals as the province sought to eradicate any semblance of federal Conservative blue from the map.
In the end, he was collateral damage.
“I’m moving forward. I’ve got a great, loving family and we’re going to get through this,” said Andrews. “I’m only 41-years-old and I will be moving on to the next chapter in my life.”
Former Avalon MP Scott Andrews speaks with reporters outside his campaign headquarters in Manuels moments after being defeated by Liberal Ken McDonald.
Scott Andrews, left, congratulates newly-elected Liberal MP Ken McDonald on his victory last week in the riding of Avalon. Andrews previously represented the district for over seven years.