Scott An­drews step­ping away from pol­i­tics

In­de­pen­dent MP loses seat to Lib­eral Ken McDon­ald

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.”

PHOTO BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

Former Avalon MP Scott An­drews speaks with re­porters out­side his cam­paign head­quar­ters in Manuels mo­ments af­ter be­ing de­feated by Lib­eral Ken McDon­ald.

PHOTO BY MELISSA-JENK­INS/THE COM­PASS

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.

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